Violence in the workplace

Workplace violence generally refers to acts or threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation or other threatening behaviour that occurs at the worksite, whether the perpetrator is a client, patient, student, customer, co-worker or family member. IWH research focuses on the prevention of workplace violence at both the workplace and systems (policy) levels.

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Workplace violence against women rising, driven by growing rates in education sector

Risks of workplace violence for men in health care on the decline, now lower than risks for female educators
Published: April 12, 2019
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Sex/gender analysis: Are risks of violence at work higher for men or women? It depends on type of violence

Men and women face similar risks of physical violence at work, but the risks of sexual violence at work are four times higher for women
Published: August 6, 2018
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Assault predicts time away from work after claims for work-related mild traumatic brain injury

Published: Occupational & Environmental Medicine, May 2019
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At Work article

Workplace violence against women rising, driven by growing rates in education sector

Men working in health care were once the group most at risk of workplace violence. These day, it's women working in education who face the highest risks of being assaulted on the job.
Published: April 2019
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Gender differences in injuries attributed to workplace violence in Ontario 2002-2015

Published: Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 2019
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Women in education sector at greater risk of workplace violence

Women working in Ontario’s education sector are four to six times more likely than their male counterparts to require time off work because of being physically assaulted on the job, reports the Canadian Occupational Safety.
Published: Canadian Occupational Safety, August 2018
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At Work article

Sex/gender analysis: Are risks of violence at work higher for men or women? It depends on type of violence

Men and women face similar risks of physical violence at work, but the risks of sexual violence at work are four times higher for women than for men.
Published: August 2018
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Journal article

Examining risk of workplace violence in Canada: a sex/gender-based analysis

Published: Annals of Work Exposures and Health, July 2018
IWH Speaker Series
IWH Speaker Series

Reporting and consequences of workplace violence in six Ontario hospitals

We currently do not know what proportion of workplace violence incidents in Ontario are captured by each hospital’s reporting system. We also lack information on reasons for not reporting workplace violence incidents. Dr. Peter Smith of the Institute for Work & Health provides findings from a survey in late 2017 of over 1,000 workers in six Ontario hospitals on the incidence, reporting and consequences of workplace violence. He also discusses the implications of these findings on the interpretation of Ontario's new mandatory indicator of workplace violence.
Published: May 2018
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At Work article

Violence prevention efforts face challenges despite commitment from hospital leaders

There has been a cultural shift in recent years when it comes to violence and aggression toward health-care workers. But despite commitment among hospital leadership to tackle the problems, prevention efforts still face several common challenges on the ground.
Published: April 2018
IWH Speaker Series
IWH Speaker Series

Towards a better understanding of differences in the risk of workplace violence for men and women in Canada

Workplace violence is getting increasing attention, especially within certain industries such as health care and education. This presentation will discuss results from two recently completed studies examining differences in the risk of workplace violence for men and women.
Published: March 2018