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This is guidance for activists on reporting work-related violence
For more information on violence click here for the relevant chapter of the TUC guide to health and safety "Hazards at Work

In 2011 a total of 6078 injuries caused by violence in the workplace were reported, while the number of physical assaults was 341, 000 with a further 313,000 being threatened by violence. Of those 43% had previously been assaulted or threatened.

Workers in the protective services, for example police  and prison officers, were most at risk of violence at work, with 8.4% having experienced violence. Health and social welfare associate professionals, including nurses, medical and dental practitioners were also at relatively high risk. Shop workers and teachers also suffer from high levels of violence in the workplace.

The TUC has published advice on reporting work-related violence and abuse.


HSE: Work related violence

One in eight people have experienced violence at work, according to research published by the TUC today (Monday). The poll, carried out by YouGov for the TUC and released today to coincide with the start of Heartunions week, reveals that 12% of people have experienced work-related violence – such as...
08 February 2016
Violence – you must report it to sort it The TUC is urging union reps to ensure violence at work is reported. It says telling management formally how violence directed at employees – including physical attacks and verbal abuse – “is critical in tackling the issue at source.” A new...
04 December 2015
This is guidance for activists on reporting work-related violence
27 November 2015
Violence against shopworkers is ‘still a big problem’ Violence, threats and harassment at work are still major problems facing shopworkers, surveys from their union and the retail industry have shown. John Hannett, leader of the shopworkers’ union Usdaw, launched the results of Usdaw’s latest Freedom From Fear survey this week,...
23 January 2015
Retail union Usdaw has published a new guide for union reps on the prevention of violence in the sector.
23 August 2013
An FBU rep who died last year has been given a posthumous award for her work tackling violence in the workplace.
16 November 2012
Unison in Scotland have claimed that a 'toxic cocktail' of cutbacks and violence against public service workers has resulted in a huge increase in the number of violent incidents reported to employers.
02 November 2012
Public sector union UNISON is calling on its safety reps to take ‘active steps' to tackle violence at work after a court said employers can be held liable for worker-on-worker violence.
17 August 2012
Physical assaults at work increased last year but threats of violence fell, official statistics have revealed.
27 January 2012
The retail union Usdaw has expressed concern at a 'huge leap' in abuse of shopworkers.
20 January 2012