"The annual average rate of workplace violence against local, county, state, and federal government employees declined 82% from 1994 to 2011, compared to a decline of 72% for the private sector (figure 1). Most of the decline (76%) occurred between 1994 and 2002, when the rate of workplace violence against government employees dropped from 99.2 violent victimizations per 1,000 to 24.2 per 1,000. The rate dropped an additional 25.6% from 2002 to 2011. In 2011, the rate of workplace violence against government employees was more than three times the rate for private-sector employees. In 1994, the rate of violent victimization in the workplace of government employees (99.2 per 1,000) was over five times greater than the rate for employees in the private-sector (18.5 per 1,000). From 1994 to 2011, the annual average rate of workplace violence against government employees was at least twice that for private-sector employees. The study period ended in 2011 with the rate of workplace violence for government employees (18.0 per 1,000) lower than its levels of the mid 1990s but was over three times greater than the rate for private-sector employees (5.2 per 1,000)."
NCJ 241349; National Criminal Justice Special Report No. 241349
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