The number of behavioral workers who have been harmed by workplace violence is hugely under-reported in the same manner as in areas like home healthcare.
Even from the point of entering training, it is reported for example, that 50% of psychiatry workers are attacked within their 4 year training period.
The culture of violence in the workplace is so prevalent that it has become normalized. Employers should be making every effort to reverse this and actively support their behavioral workers even in situations where they may be at some risk from clients or the nature of their work.
A visiting worker safety solution such as GuardianMPS can help provide increased protection for behavioral health organizations and peace of mind to their visiting workers and those concerned with their safety.