U.S. Department of Justice 1993-2009 Workplace Violence Statistics

Apr 8, 2011


The U.S. Department of Justice has released statistics compiled from 1993 to 2009 on workplace violence. 

A summary of the report is printed below.  To view the entire report, click here.


From 2002 to 2009, the rate of nonfatal workplace violence declined by 35 percent, following a 62 percent decline in the rate from 1993 to 2002. The average annual rate of workplace violence between 2005 and 2009 (five violent crimes per 1,000 employed persons age 16 or older) was about one-third the rate of non-workplace violence and violence against persons not employed.

Between 2005 and 2009, law enforcement officers, security guards, and bartenders had the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence.  Strangers committed the greatest proportion of nonfatal workplace violence against males (53 percent) and females (41 percent) between 2005 and 2009. Among workplace homicides that occurred between 2005 and 2009, about 28 percent involved victims in sales and related occupations and about 17 percent involved victims in protective service occupations.