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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31826e2928
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An Examination of Strategies for Preventing Workplace Homicides Committed by Perpetrators That Have a Prior Relationship With the Workplace or Its Employees

Gurka, Kelly K. MPH, PhD; Marshall, Stephen W. PhD; Casteel, Carri MPH, PhD; Runyan, Carol W. MPH, PhD; Loomis, Dana P. PhD; Richardson, David B. PhD

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Objective: To determine whether recommended robbery prevention strategies also protect against workplace homicide committed by a perpetrator who has a relationship with either the workplace or an employee (prior-relationship homicide).

Methods: A case–control study examining the relationship between recommended violence prevention strategies and prior-relationship workplace homicides in North Carolina was conducted.

Results: Workplaces located in an industrial park, employing minorities, reporting a history of violence, open night hours, or open 24 hours were more likely to experience prior-relationship homicide. Keeping entrances to the workplace locked when employees were present (OR = 0.36, 95% CI: 0.13, 0.99) and having at least one security device (OR = 0.28, 95% CI: 0.10, 0.74) decreased the odds of prior-relationship homicide.

Conclusions: Select strategies recommended to prevent robberies and subsequent violence may also afford protection against prior-relationship homicide.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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