New Arenas for Violence: Homicide in the American Workplace

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possibilities for prevention that may have been previously unrecognized. Thus, an analysis undertaken in this way leads naturally to the recognition of prevention possibilities.

This method for analyzing actual incidents of occupational homicide provides a technique for the evaluation of other incidents with a view to examining all contributing factors and not merely the actions of the perpetrator. Once again, the nature of this methodology is theoretical, and it has obviously only been applied to a limited number of actual workplace incidents. As can be seen from the case studies, however, it does provide a technique for holistically interpreting the facts surrounding a violent workplace incident. Much additional work with this analysis technique would be helpful in determining its ultimate value as a research and teaching technique.


Prevention Methodologies

Occupational homicide is a significant and growing threat to the workplace. However, knowledge of the issue is, in itself, insufficient--it is also necessary to offer practical prevention methodologies to accomplish the purpose of this work. There are numerous sources of information about general workplace safety extant in the literature. None, however, has attempted to introduce prevention techniques directed specifically at the mitigation of occupational homicide or addressed proactive management and staff action that can be undertaken on a routine basis. Consistent with the view that occupational homicide is generally an interplay of perpetrator and management action or inaction, this work will offer a compendium of prevention techniques designed to mitigate violence in the work environment. In Chapter 4, a discussion of the broad imperatives for a violent work environment will be offered to lay the foundation for a subsequent series of practical prevention methodologies. Finally, as the perpetrator of occupational homicide was profiled, so is the healthy organization in Chapter 5.


NOTES
1.
Eugene D. Wheeler and Baron S. Anthony, Violence in Our Schools, Hospitals and Public Places, ( Ventura, CA: Pathfinder, 1994), 89.
2.
Wheeler and Baron, 96.
3.
Wheeler and Baron, 118.
4.
Wheeler and Baron, 118.
5.
Associated Press, wire news release, 1 Dec. 1992.
6.
Wheeler and Baron, 127.
7.
Wheeler and Baron, 128.
8.
"2 Women Shot Dead in Seattle Courthouse," San Francisco Chronicle. 3 March 1995, A4.
9.
Wheeler and Baron, 128-129.
10.
Wheeler and Baron, 136-137.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 - Murder in the Workplace 1
  • Notes 8
  • 2 - History of Occupational Homicide 9
  • Notes 45
  • 3 - Case Studies of Occupational Homicide 49
  • Notes 98
  • 4 - Violence Imperatives and Prevention Techniques 101
  • Notes 167
  • 5 - Conclusions and Recommendations 171
  • Appendix 181
  • Selected Bibliography 185
  • Index 189
  • About the Author 194
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