Workplace Violence Prevention

Workplace violence in health care is increasing across the nation.  In 2018, health care workers comprised 73 percent of all nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses due to violence.

Vermont is no exception. Over the last few years, health care workers have reported verbal abuse, broken bones, and other serious long-term or career-ending injuries.

Violence in hospitals is unacceptable. Hospitals need to be safe spaces for staff and patients. Below are several resources to help address violence against health care workers at hospitals and with the help of community partners.

The information here is only the beginning of addressing violence against health care workers. This page will be updated with new information, strategies, and policies as VAHHS continues this important work. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact

VAHHS Toolkit

VAHHS PSA Regarding Workplace Violence

Preventing Verbal and Physical Violence Across the Health Care Workforce
(Developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Leadership Alliance Workforce Safety and Well-Being Workgroup)

Workplace Violence Policy Brief: Hospitals (full report)

Workplace Violence Policy Brief: Community Partners (full report)

Workplace Violence Resources

Workplace Violence Model Signage

State's Attorneys—if an incident occurs, Vermont's prosecutors are typically available 24/7

Vermont Center for Crime Victims—call 1-802-241-1250

Other Resources and Toolkits

American Hospital Association

Joint Commission

Oregon Hospital Association

Massachusetts Hospital Association

Minnesota Hospital Association

Missouri Hospital Association

Washington Hospital Association