New Arenas for Violence: Homicide in the American Workplace

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Conclusions and Recommendations

The impact of occupational homicide in most work environments can be mitigated with sufficient understanding of the problem and attention to effective intervention and prevention strategies. Through the examination of case studies, the relevant organizational weaknesses that can be identified as contributing causes to the crime, the study of a variety of behavioral and cultural influences that can be identified as potential causal factors in workplace violence, and the presentation of a number of management techniques designed to identify safety and security concerns, it should be clear that there are avenues available to staff and managers to effectively deal with this onerous threat to the workplace.

A method of categorizing and defining incidents of workplace violence (Category Profiles) has been offered, a working profile of the potentially violent worker or client has been outlined, and a new method of analyzing and holistically interpreting violent workplace incidents has been described and utilized. Finally, a preliminary compendium of prevention techniques and methodologies has been recommended for use in a variety of work environments. These specific tools were designed for the practical use of workplace managers and staff and, hopefully, will be proven to be of assistance in that environment.

Further, by addressing the combined influences of (1) a lack of information about the nature and impact of occupational homicide, (2) the unfortunate view that the problem is beyond the scope or control of workplace personnel, (3) the understandable reluctance to address this disturbing subject within the context of existing organizational training or safety programs, and

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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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