Among women, workplace homicides often involve intimate partners: study

Morgantown, WV – About one-third of workplace homicides involving female victims are committed by someone the victims know, finds a new NIOSH study.

According to the study abstract, 648 women were killed in homicides while on the job from 2003 to 2008. Although the leading cause (39 percent) was criminal intent, such as robbery, in 33 percent of cases, the perpetrator had a relationship with the victim. Of the 33 percent, 78 percent involved an intimate partner.

Given the large percentage of intimate-partner incidents, researchers recommended that employers implement strategies to help prevent and respond to such situations.

The study appeared in the April issue of the Annals of Epidemiology.

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