Steps against Violence, No Matter Where You Are 

Lesson 4: Topic 13 of 14

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Whether or not you’re at work, if you’re in an attack situation:

  • Don’t panic.
  • Call for help only when it is safe to do so.
  • Look for exits and use them if possible.
  • If escape isn’t possible, hide.
  • If all else fails, fight as best you can.
  • When law enforcement arrives, identify yourself and do not act in a way that might make them think you are the attacker.

At your own place of work, prepare ahead of time for a crisis, however unlikely you think it might be:

  • Have a Business Continuity Plan in place that has been approved at the highest levels
  • Draft and regularly reevaluate a Violence Protection Program (VPP) and/or Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
  • Identify and correct the security weaknesses at your facility
  • Regularly train all staff on what to do in the event of a crisis
  • Hold staff accountable to your stated anti-bullying/anti-harassment policy
  • Coordinate with local law enforcement and local governmental representatives
  • Arrange with a mental health provider to offer counseling services to traumatized employees. 

Inform a supervisor/manager or a representative of Human Resources if you:

  • See or experience bullying, harassment, or non-physical assault
  • Know of a coworker who seems to becoming increasingly unstable or dangerous

It should go without saying that any employee who is a victim of assault must notify his or her supervisor immediately or at least as soon as possible.