Physical Violence

15% of all violent crimes in the US are committed in the workplace.

Physical violence (assault) is unlawful under the Crimes Act 1961 and the Summary Offences Act 1981 and define assault as actions of intentionally applying or attempting to apply force to the person of another, directly or indirectly, or threatening by any act or gesture to apply such force to the person of another. It also includes threats of violence by any act or gesture where the other person believes reasonably that the person is capable of carrying out the threat.

While most workplaces may have a policy outlining physical assault as an act of serious misconduct, they often do not include threats of physical violence as serious misconduct. We have experienced cases where workplaces have not responded to threats sufficiently and consider this to be unwise. Acts of threatening workplace sabotage, serious physical violence and/or murder may become more prevalent in the future and workplaces need to have policies and procedures in place to deal with these types of situations.

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Workplace Bullying & Harassment Book
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