15 Disturbing Workplace Violence Statistics for 2023

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Updated · Feb 20, 2023

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In recent years, workplace violence statistics show some terrifying numbers.

And we’re not just talking about extreme cases like shootings. Violence has a lot of different faces. From harassment to intimidation, we’ve covered it all.

Fair warning, though.

Those will shock you.

Disturbing Workplace Violence Statistics

The picture is very, very far from perfect:

  • 23% of employees worldwide have experienced violence or harassment in the workplace.
  • Over 2.6 million Americans were victims of nonfatal workplace injuries in 2021.
  • 37,060 workers in the US experienced nonfatal injuries from workplace violence.
  • There were 481 workplace homicides in 2021, up from 392 homicides in 2020.
  • In 2021, there were 387 cases of intentional workplace shootings resulting in the death of the victim.
  • It is estimated that about 25% of workplace violence cases go unreported.
  • Healthcare workers are most often affected - 50% of cases involve medics.
  • 7% of fatalities in the workplace involve some sort of physical damage.
  • Women report around 30,000 sexual assaults on the job.
  • 60.4 million Americans have been bullied while working.

We have so much in store for you!

General Workplace Violence Statistics

Most businesses do not report workplace violence that does not result in deaths or serious injuries. That’s due to lack of communication, fear of taking action, and of course, lack of awareness.

But the numbers are hard to ignore. 

1. 743 million or 23% of employees worldwide have experienced violence or harassment in their workplace.


Nearly 32% of workers experienced more than one type of violence or harassment. 
6.3% of employees said they had experienced all three types of workplace violence: psychological, physical and sexual.

For more information on the stats of violence in various forms, see the chapter below: Workplace Violence Types.

2. Over 2 million Americans are injured each year at their workplace for a variety of reasons, including violence.


Over 2.6 million workers in the United States suffered non-fatal workplace injuries in 2021.

3. One in seven people doesn’t feel safe in their workplace.

(Legal Jobs)

Can you imagine going to work and being scared to arrive at your office?

I can’t either.

But that’s the reality for some people. And, as you can probably guess, high levels of anxiety lead to low levels of productivity.

4. As of January 2022, only 45% of the people are aware of their company's safety plan.


Workplace violence stats for 2022 prove that over half of all US employees have no idea about their employer’s violence prevention or safety plan. Workplace violence policies are rather vague and up to 24% of workers say that they are not sure whether they even exist. Such policies include medical emergencies, shootings, fire emergencies, etc.

5. Healthcare workers make 50% of victims of such crimes.


Disappointed, but not surprised.

Nurses get attacked more often than doctors. It’s because they spend more time with patients. 

Things look really bad, actually:

  • 70% of emergency nurses have been assaulted on the job. 
  • 47% of the emergency doctors have experienced some sort of violence while working.

6. As of Q4 2021, over 30% of nurses reported an increase in attacks against them.

(Business Insider)

Such nursing injuries statistics are pretty disturbing.

They reveal that as of September 2021, tense politics around vaccines was reported as the leading cause of the increase in violence against nurses. 31% of nurses, up from 22% in March 2021, have reported that patients are more violent to nurses due to the close proximity and long hours they spend together.

7. 44% of school teachers also report attacks in the workplace.

(What to Become)

School shootings in the USA, especially, are, sadly, not such a rare occurrence. 

But we’re talking about all types of violence here - physical, verbal, even sexual. The worst part is that most of the time, teachers don’t report those cases in order to protect their students, workplace violence statistics show.

Sometimes, however, such attacks can lead to horrible things.

8. 7% of fatalities that occurred in the workplace have been a result of hitting, kicking, beating, and/or pushing.

(Legal Jobs)

It’s not only patients. Many employees are assaulted at work by a coworker or a supervisor.

Physical assault at the workplace can include multiple acts of violence, such as hitting, kicking, beating, clawing, and pushing. 

Only 2% of cases involve verbal attacks.

Workplace Violence Types

As we mentioned earlier, violence has different faces. There are three main types of violence and harassment in the workplace: psychological, physical and sexual. Let's see what kind of violence is more common and among what category of people.

9. 205 million or 6.3% of workers worldwide have experienced sexual violence and harassment in the workplace.


8.2% of women faced sexual assault in the workplace, compared to 5.0% of men.

10. 583 million people (17.9% of the global workforce) have experienced psychological violence or harassment.


Psychological abuse is the most common form of violence reported by both men and women. Nearly one in five employees have had this experience in their working life.

11. 277 million people had cases of physical violence or harassment at their work. This is 8.5 % of the global workforce. 


Men report physical violence and harassment more often than women. Nearly one in ten of the employee has experienced this at work.

Type of Violence and Harassment Number of Employees Worldwide, in millions Percentage of the Global Workforce
Sexual 205 million 6.3%
Physical 277 million 8.5 %
Psychological 583 million  17.9%
General 743 million 23%

12. 30,000 - that’s how many sexual assaults at the workplace are reported by women annually.

(What to Become)

Violence against women is, depressingly enough, nothing new. 

From inappropriate comments to straight-up rape, women face attacks when doing their job, too. 

And do keep in mind that 30, 000 is the number of the reported assaults. We don’t even want to imagine how many unreported cases are there.

To avoid such occurrences, we suggest running a background check on your colleagues. You don’t want to mingle with sexual predators.

But that’s not all.

The coronavirus seems to be making everything worse, statistics on sexual assault in the workplace show.

13. 23% of females, who have experienced sexual harassment, said things have gotten worse since the pandemic started.

(Rights of Women)

42% of the women, who have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work report it happened online.

Working at home doesn’t seem to be the solution, though. In fact, it’s making things worse.

Statistics on workplace violence show that the pandemic led to an increase or escalation of the issue. 

14. 60.4 million Americans have been bullied at their workplace.


But what do we mean, when we say “bullying”?

Work sabotage. Threats. Verbal abuse. Humiliating behavior. Any form of intimidation.

Victims are often chosen because of gender, sexual orientation, or race. Lasting effects include high levels of anxiety, depression, health issues, etc.

15. 23.3% of employees say they’ve been bullied via email.


20.2% have felt humiliated due to gossip, workplace bullying statistics show.

17.8% have been yelled at.

Again, those are just the numbers of the reported issues. How many remain under the radar, we’ll never know.

Things can sometimes get physical, too.

16. 35% of workplace violence incidents involve head injuries.

(Legal Jobs)

While attackers mainly aim at the head, workplace violence statistics also show that:

  • 21% of injuries have been obtained on the upper body. 
  • 14% affected the trunk.
  • 7% have been targeted at the lower body.

17. There are 2 million victims of workplace violence each year.


68% of workers globally do not feel safe at work. What gives? There is an overwhelming dissatisfaction with health and safety protections at the workplace. Of the 2 million victims of workplace violence, 400,000 are victims of aggravated assault and 51,000 are of sexual assault and rape.

As we earlier discussed, that’s apparently not enough for most companies to establish some good safety rules.

Maybe seeing how much money they lose will do the trick?

Workplace Violence Cost

Violence at the workplace is a costly affair.

Here's why:

18. Workplace violence results in $130 billion lost every.


You can’t really be productive in an unsafe environment. This, combined with medical costs and lawsuits, leads to tremendous losses for businesses.

Now’s a good time to say “Better safe, than sorry”.

19. Attacks on medics cost hospitals $53.7 million a year.


Workplace violence statistics in healthcare show that medics take roughly 112.8 hours out of the hospital, due to some sort of job-related brutality. This leads to more stress for the staff that has to cover shifts and deal with aggressive patients.

The end result is $53.7 million of annual losses, and depression, burnouts, and high levels of job dissatisfaction among healthcare workers.

Wrap Up

Those statistics on workplace violence are absolutely terrifying. 

The worst part is that numbers keep rising, but companies seem vastly unprepared to handle such cases.

Familiarizing yourself with the issue is the first step. The next is doing something about it.

And the time to act is now, especially given that the pandemic is stressing people out, thus making them more aggressive.

Be safe out there!


What percentage of workplaces are violent?

While we can’t exactly answer that, we can tell you that according to statistics on workplace violence, 2 million people report cases of aggressive behavior on the job. Healthcare workers and teachers seem to be the victims of such occurrences most often.

What is the most common cause of workplace violence?

You never truly know what leads to brutality. Often, however, mental health problems that are a result of stress and frustration or addiction to drugs and/or alcohol are the root of the issue. When focusing on worker-on-worker violence, frustration and unhappiness with the job is a common cause. A change in behavior can be traced to long working hours, toxic work environments, and intense competition across industries.

What are the 4 types of workplace violence?

The four types of workplace violence are:
  1. Criminal intent: The perpetrator does not have any relationship with the workplace or employees. The criminal act often includes robbery and theft.
  2. Customer/ client-on-worker violence: This most common with healthcare workers, followed by industries providing services.
  3. Worker-on-worker: This stands for the difference between the offenders in terms of power as compared to his victim.
  4.  Personal relationship: Cases of aggression, following an existing pattern - for example, domestic violence.
The most terrifying part of those workplace violence statistics is that they aren’t even 100% accurate - most issues never get reported.


Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora Dobrilova

Teodora devoted her whole life to words – reading, writing and trying to be original on social media. She got certified in digital marketing but still feels she’s not cool enough to be an influencer. (We all disagree – she influences the team pretty well.) She finished a master’s degree focused in Literature, Publishing, Mass Media. Her hobbies include traveling, and reading. Teddy hopes that yoga will be the thing to finally teach her some patience and show her the path toward world domination. Maybe modern tech can also help her with that.

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Nicholas Toscano
10 months ago
Hi. Found your blog while searching on the topic. I have been dealing with a bully boss, whom is very abusive for about 5 months now. He has a record for abusing employees. About 56 or employees have either left in quiet or transferred within the last 2 years due to his action. After he pushed me to consider suicide (which he laughed about and said in response, I should really be more positive) I took the route or reporting him to HR and senior management. I did this twice. They ignored my reports and said it was of no concern to them. My boss has put me in extreme isolation at work. I am not allowed to participate on projects or talk to others. My layer has advised me to endure and not quit, so that I qualify for unemployment compensation. While I cannot legally do anything about this situation, it has made me more aware. I am writing a blog post of my own, mostly for myself to understand and look back. Where did you find your statistics? I am looking for credible and current stats.

10 months ago
Hi Nicholas, We are sorry to hear about your situation. You can find all the sources listed below the article. All the best, Deyan