Staying Silent on Problematic Behaviors

One of the challenges in working to reduce violence in the workplace is the failure by some inside the organization to report problematic behaviors that may lead to targeted violence. Former FBI Special Agent Mary Ellen O’Toole identified four primary reasons during her time with the FBI’s Behavioral Assessment Unit. Understanding and overcoming these behaviors

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Stalkers and the Workplace

Overview: In their 2002 study Risk Assessment of Stalkers: Some Problems and Possible Solutions, authors P. Randall Kropp, Stephen D. Hart, David R. Lyon described Stalking as a “cluster of behaviors, including unwanted communication, approach, or other contact, usually intended to threaten, harass, coerce, or intimidate the target into meeting the demands of the perpetrator”. Prior to

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Threat Management Team: No Time for Silos

Confident or Cocky? Several years ago I met with an organization to discuss their workplace violence prevention program and threat management team. I asked a key stakeholder to identify who in the organization was responsible to assess and manage threats of violence. His response: “I assess all threats and decide what action we will take”

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