Welcome to the official website of the Alliance Against Workplace Violence. We are deeply saddened and concerned about all the tragic killings and assaults that occur in workplaces all over the world. We remain committed to help prevent future occurrences of workplace violence.
BLS NEWS RELEASE – 2015-SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor- Download Information in PDF format
Workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. More than 3,000 people died from workplace homicide between 2006 and 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time.
Excerpts from OSHA news release, September 8, 2011- Read more
Workplace Violence Awareness Month
The Alliance Against Workplace Violence (AAWPV) will commemorate the month of April, 2016 as Workplace Violence Awareness Month. This will be the 5th year that a national observance of workplace violence awareness is being held. We will highlight the preventable nature of most workplace violence incidents and promote campaigns of remembrance for those workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace by violence.
AAWPV has selected the month of April as Workplace Violence Awareness Month because Workers Memorial Day is observed on April 28. This is a yearly event held to pay homage and respect to workers who have died while at work.
During the month of April, please take actions that will assist us in getting the word out to interested persons that workplace violence can be prevented. Help us to educate the public about this problem that is generally considered a police issue or as unavoidable. We believe that if more people understand what workplace violence is and what preventive measures can be utilized to halt it, they will take the necessary steps to make their workplaces safer.
The problem of workplace violence is not a separate issue from the other problems of violence that plague our society. We realize that violence in homes and communities often spills over into the workplace. The workplace is a microcosm of what happens in the community and there are lessons to be learned by parties on both sides.
We created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem. Consultants and practitioners in workplace violence prevention have joined in a collaborative effort to bring information to schools, churches, community associations, Chambers of Commerce, and violence prevention organizations.
We encourage all of you (on an annual basis) to spend the month of April holding events to raise public awareness of workplace violence, culminating in Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28. Please visit this site often to find out what events we will be promoting. We are asking for your participation and invite you to share your stories, services and products regarding the problem of violence in the workplace and its solutions.
The Alliance published its first book on August 31, 2011. It is Vol. One: Halt The Violence. The members of the Alliance are contributing authors to this book, which is a reader on workplace violence education and prevention. Please visit our resources page for more information.
If you have questions, ideas, or comments, please feel free to contact Patricia Biles.