Intimate partner violence in workplace homicides touches healthcare

By: May 9th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Intimate partner violence resulted in nearly a quarter of the homicides among women at work in the U.S, and healthcare is one of the more common settings, according to a study by NIOSH and Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University.

The study, which appears in April 2012 issue of Annals of Epidemiology, found that the leading cause of homicides among women was criminal intent, such as those resulting from robberies of retail stores (39 percent), followed closely by homicides carried out by personal relations (33 percent). Nearly 80 percent of these personal relations were intimate partners.

Women in protective-service occupations had the highest overall homicide rate; however, women in healthcare, production and office/administration had the highest proportion of homicides related to intimate partner violence. Over half of the homicides committed by intimate partners occurred in parking lots and public buildings.

 

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