Violence Against Social Workers

Alarming Statistics
Consider these statistics from the Massachussetts Chapter of NASW’s Committee for the Study and Prevention of Violence Against Social Workers

 

  • More than 50% of the social workers surveyed had been physically assaulted at work.
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  • More than 75% of the social workers surveyed had been verbally abused at work.

 

For detailed data regarding the prevalence of violence toward social workers in direct practice in the US, check out A National Survey of Violence in the Practice of Social Work. This study describes itself as "the first national sample study exploring overall prevalence rates as reported by direct-service social workers across practice settings paying particular attention to age, gender, race, and community size."

 

Preventing Violence Against Social Workers

Here are a few links and resources from the Massachussetts NASW chapter to help you stay safe on the job.

From NASW

 

From OSHA

 

HCON 278 IH
Don’t know what HCON 278 IH is? It’s a resolution in the US Congress to raise awareness of the need for safety of case workers and social workers. You can find out more here, including current sponsors.

 

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For Our Friends in the UK

 

 

Books About Violence Toward Social Workers