Government Employees More Likely Assaulted In Office than Private Sector Workers


The rate of simple assault in the workplace against government employees was more than three times that of private-sector employees between 2002 and 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. The respective rates were 18.9 per 1,000 and 4.6 per 1,000. The report also said that in 2011, about 1 in 5 victims of workplace homicide was a government employee. Serious violent crime accounted for a larger percentage of workplace violence against private-sector employees (25%) than government employees (15%). Female government employees were more likely than male government employees to be attacked in the workplace by someone with whom they had a work relationship.

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