Submitted by Bee345
In 2008, Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General said "There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." While most civilized societies would support this statement, violence continues. When this violence occurs in the workplace, employers need to take the helm and provide leadership to address this problem.
Workplace violence against women can occur in any part of the economy, but the public sector bears more than its fair share. In this article we look at what workplace violence is, why it particularly affects the public sector, and what can be done to tackle it.
Violence in the workplace
There are many forms of workplace violence, from verbal or written intimidation, to physical attack, and workplace homicide. The reasons for the violence tend to fall into four broad categories:
1. Disgruntled employees (particularly prevalent in a context of downsizing and redundancies);
2. Crimes committed by unknown attackers (especially in jobs which bring the staff member into contact with the public on a round the clock basis);
3. Domestic violence which spills over into the workplace; and
4. Sexual harassment.