CNN reported 13 people were killed, and eight people were injured in the September 16, 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Recent tragedies, like the Navy Yard shooting, have caused employer's to re-focus their attention on workplace violence. Workplace shootings are a serious issue although they may not be as widespread as the media coverage suggests.
Fact: In 2010, The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported there were 518 workplace homicides. A total of 77 of those were multiple-fatality homicide incidents in which two or more workers were killed.
Although most people recognize physical violence as workplace violence they may not view behaviors like bullying, harassment, domestic and sexual violence as a form of workplace violence.
Fact: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 2 million U.S. workers per year are victims of some kind of workplace violence.
Fact: According to the Workplace Bullying Institute 2010 & 2007 U.S. Workplace Bullying Surveys, 35% of adult Americans (an est. 53.5 million Americans) report being bullied at work; an additional 15% witness it.
Fact: According to a 2001 NIOSH report, Domestic violence incidents that spill into the workplace account for 16 percent of female victims of job-related homicides.
New Jersey Enacts New Domestic and Sexual Assault Leave Act in the Workplace On July 17, 2013, Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, signed into law the “New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act” (“NJ SAFE Act”) to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The NJ SAFE Act is applicable to private employers in New Jersey that have 25 or more employees and is effective as of October 1, 2013. Click here to read more: NJ SAFE Act
No PA law currently exists that requires employers to provide time off to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Click here for: Domestic Violence State Laws
Domestic Violence: How you can help
On average, it takes seven times before a victim permanently leaves an abusive relationship.
Leaving is the most dangerous time for a victim and their family.