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Workplace Violence by Kim Kerr

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EARLY WARNING SIGNS: CAN THE PROBLEM BE STOPPED BEFORE IT STARTS?

INTRODUCTION

Most practitioners agree that, in post-incident hindsight, all violent offenders have demonstrated early behavioral warning signs that could have been used to ward off or reduce the impact of violence in the workplace. The progressive nature of violence has symptoms, which if seen and recognized as such, can be precursors to violent acts in the future. Therefore effective interdiction tactics can be used in those cases. Unfortunately, statistics to how many are prevented through these interdictions are anecdotal at best. But it is believed that if minor threatening words or actions or veiled threats are addressed decisively and quickly, it is more likely that severe ...

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