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An average of 1.7 million people were victims of violent crime while working or on duty in the United States, according to a report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), each year from 1993 through 1999. An estimated 1.3 million (75%) of these incidents were simple assaults while an additional 19% were aggravated assaults. Of the occupations examined, police officers, corrections officers, and taxi drivers were victimized at the highest rates.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 13,827 workplace homicide victims between 1992 and 2010. Averaging over 700 homicides per year, the largest number of homicides in one year (n=1080) occurred in 1994, while the lowest number (n=518) occurred in 2010.

As an integral part of a broad-based initiative to reduce the incidence of occupational violence in this country, NIOSH conducts, funds, and publishes research on risk factors and prevention strategies related to workplace violence. This site contains information on NIOSH research as well as links to external research programs, statistical reports, and public and private initiatives to address the problems of workplace violence.

NIOSH invites grant application for research to reduce the risk of injuries due to violence in the workplace. Areas of interest for the applications include reducing the risk of injuries due to workplace violence through the development and evaluation of new intervention strategies, the evaluation of existing interventions, and the adoption of these strategies in the workplace.

Grants awarded under the 2002 RFA were:

  • Evaluation of Workplace Violence Prevention Intervention - University of Maryland
  • Evaluation of California Initiatives to Reduce Violence in Health Care Settings - University of Iowa
  • Risks for Workplace Violence in Long-haul Truckers - University of Kentucky
  • Organizational Factors Affecting Police Victimization - Police Executive Research Forum
  • Spokane Workplace Domestic Violence Initiative - Washington State University

Grants awarded under the 2008 RFA were:

  • A Multi-site Intervention to Reduce Violence in Hospital Emergency Departments - University of Cincinnati
  • Translation of a Robbery and Violence Prevention Program to High Risk Businesses - University of North Carolina
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Protective Leave Law for Victims of Violence - Johns Hopkins University

Other recent grants awarded include:

  • Using a system-wide database to reduce workplace violence in hospitals
  • Improving dissemination of a retail workplace violence prevention program
  • Developing an intervention to reduce workplace violence in healthcare settings

NIOSH Research on Occupational Violence and Homicide


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