Workplace Violence

Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. While more and more information on the causes of violence and how to handle it is becoming known, there is often no reasonable rationale for this type of conduct and, despite everything we know or do, violent situations happen. No employer is immune from workplace violence and no employer can totally prevent it. Federally Employed Women does not condone any acts of workplace violence and provides access to the below resources in an effort to its viewers to stay informed about this growing issue.

Office of Personnel Management: Dealing with Workplace Violence – a Guide for Agency Planners

Information about Office of Personnel Management’s Employee Assistance Programs

Presidential Memorandum — Establishing Policies for Addressing Domestic Violence in the Federal Workforce

Establishing Policies for Addressing Domestic Violence in the Federal Workforce


Jeraldine Peterson is the Vice President for Diversity. To learn more about this focus area contact: diversityVP@few.org.