Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Kimora Kachelmyer

Reader (Advisor 2)

Michael McRath


Workplace violence - it ranges from murder to harassment to belittling a co-worker. No employer is immune to workplace violence, and it costs employers millions of dollars every year and can destroy a corporate image. Even with the evidence supporting the potentially high cost of workplace violence, many employers continue to take a reactive versus proactive approach to workplace violence prevention.

What preventative programs can employers implement to reduce the risk of workplace violence? This study discusses the following regarding workplace violence: definitions, examples, statistics, types, violence cycle, reasons and risk factors, warning signs, cost, and legalities. The research, including a literature review and interviews, identifies several preventative measures employers can implement to reduce the risk of workplace violence.


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