- Engage the services of Stop Healthcare Violence for support, guidance and education.
- Find out about legislation surrounding workplace violence, and why stricter laws are so critical.
- Explore articles and resources surrounding healthcare violence.
Support Your Peers
- Offer and ask…. offer support, and ask for support, with:
- Reporting and logging the incident
- Getting medical attention
- Establishing and maintaining documentation
- Filing criminal charges
- Following-up with admin, police reports
Report All Incidents!
As declared by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and others, reporting is critical! Consider:
- Under-reporting is a chronic challenge, and can be a factor in exacerbating this epidemic.
- Doing nothing enables and magnifies the misconception that it’s just part of the job or simply ok.
- Reporting all incidents of threat, assault, stalking and harassment raises awareness of this issue.
- Cultivating awareness of healthcare violence and bringing about drastic modification in our beliefs, practices, policies and legislation is critical.
- When nothing is done – no reporting, follow up, charges filed or investigation – there is no change and the danger will continue to exacerbate.
- PREVENTION! While there’s no way to change what happened to you, by reporting the attack you can help stop it from happening to someone else.
- Reporting may serve as a deterrent if prosecution becomes a routine consequence of violent behavior.
Violent acts should be consistently documented as part of the Public Record, no matter where they occur.