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Rates Of Workplace Violence Higher For Government Employees

Among other findings from 2002 to 2011:

  • Although government employees accounted for 16 percent of all employed people age 16 or older, they made up 41 percent of victims of nonfatal workplace violence.
  • Among government employees, males (68 percent) were more likely than females (38 percent) to face a stranger during an incident in the workplace.
  • Government employees (12 percent) were less likely than private-sector employees (20 percent) to face an offender with a weapon during an incident.
  • Government and private-sector employees were equally likely to be injured due to workplace violence.

Findings in this report on nonfatal violence against government employees in the workplace are based on data from the BJS National Crime Victimization Survey. Findings on workplace homicide are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

The report, Workplace Violence Against Government Employees, 1994–2011 (NCJ 241349), was written by BJS statistician Erika Harrell. The report, related documents and additional information about the Bureau of Justice Statistics' statistical publications and programs can be found on the BJS website at

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP), headed by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary, provides federal leadership in developing the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist victims. OJP has six components: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. More information about OJP can be found at

SOURCE Bureau of Justice Statistics

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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