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Stoneman Douglas High School Mass Shooting
The members of the Alliance Against Workplace Violence join the entire country in expressing our sorrow at the loss of life in the killings at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This is yet another case of workplace violence of which we are becoming all too familiar. As we have stated before, violence doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Violence in our communities and in our workplaces is a huge problem.
What will it take to move forward? To move beyond just expressing our horror and our sadness at the senseless loss of life? Clearly, we need to have a united response and cease debating issues that we already know the answers to. Our leaders need to put all selfishness aside and make the tough decisions that have to be made.
When the CDC declared workplace violence as a public health epidemic in the early 90’s, research was conducted and guidelines written and disseminated to address the risk factors and preventive measures. As a result, the number of annual homicides were reduced by 50% from over 1,000 a year to 500 to 600 a year. No death is acceptable, but we must do what we have to do to reduce the numbers.
Prayers are definitely needed, but let’s add some action to those prayers and work together to prevent violence in our communities and workplaces. For more information on preventing school violence, read Halt The Violence: Chapter on Threat Assessment in the Schools by Alliance Member Dr. Eric Frazer. This is a reader available on www.amazon.com.
Patricia D. Biles, Founder/Director, Alliance Against Workplace Violence
About Workplace Violence Awareness
Workplace violence is a serious recognized occupational hazard, ranking among the top four causes of death in workplaces during the past 15 years. Additional BLS data indicate that an average of more than 15,000 nonfatal workplace injury cases was reported annually during this time.
Excerpts from OSHA news release, September 8, 2011- Read more
Workplace Violence Awareness Month
The Alliance Against Workplace Violence (AAWPV) will commemorate the month of April 2018 as Workplace Violence Awareness Month. This will be the 6th year that a national observance of workplace violence awareness is being held. We will highlight the preventable nature of most workplace violence incidents and promote campaigns of remembrance for those workers who have been injured or killed in the workplace by violence. AAWPV has selected the month of April as Workplace Violence Awareness Month because Workers Memorial Day is observed on April 28.
This is a yearly event held to pay homage and respect to workers who have died while at work. During the month of April, please take actions that will assist us in getting the word out to interested persons that workplace violence can be prevented. Help us to educate the public about this problem that is generally considered a police issue or as unavoidable. We believe that if more people understand what workplace violence is and what preventive measures can be utilized to halt it, they will take the necessary steps to make their workplaces safer. The problem of workplace violence is not a separate issue from the other problems of violence that plague our society. We realize that violence in homes and communities often spills over into the workplace. The workplace is a microcosm of what happens in the community and there are lessons to be learned by parties on both sides. We created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem. Consultants and practitioners in workplace violence prevention have joined in a collaborative effort to bring information to schools, churches, community associations, Chambers of Commerce, and violence prevention organizations.
We encourage all of you (on an annual basis) to spend the month of April holding events to raise public awareness of workplace violence, culminating in Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28. Please visit this site often to find out what events we will be promoting. We are asking for your participation and invite you to share your stories, services and products regarding the problem of violence in the workplace and its solutions. The Alliance published its first book on August 31, 2011. It is Vol. One: Halt The Violence. The members of the Alliance are contributing authors to this book, which is a reader on workplace violence education and prevention.
We created the Alliance Against Workplace Violence to generate discussion and ideas about preventing violence in the workplace among those who are already working diligently in this area and to include persons in the community who may be unaware of the problem. Consultants and practitioners in workplace violence prevention have joined in a collaborative effort to bring information to schools, churches, community associations, Chambers of Commerce, and violence prevention organizations.
Please visit our resources page for more information.