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employees, independent contractors and volunteers, as well as those individuals visiting the DRC. For specific examples of conduct that may be considered “threats or acts of violence” that are prohibited, please refer to policy 31-SEM-08.

Examples of warning signs, symptoms, and risk factors that may indicate an employee’s potential for workplace violence include but are not limited to:

  • Dropping hints about a knowledge of firearms;

  • Making intimidating statements such as: “I’ll get even,” “You haven’t heard the last from me” or “You know what happened at the Post Office”;

  • Possessing reading material with themes of violence, revenge, and harassment;

  • Keeping records of other employees who the individual believes to have violated office policy;

  • Physical signs of hard breathing, reddening of the complexion, menacing stare, loudness, fast profane speech;

  • Acting out either verbally or physically;

  • Disgruntled employee or ex-employee who is excessively bitter;

  • Being a loner;

  • Having a romantic obsession with a co-worker who does not share that interest;

  • History of interpersonal conflict;

  • Intense anger, lack of empathy;

  • Domestic problems, unstable/dysfunctional family;

  • Brooding, depressed, strange behavior, “a time bomb ready to go off”.

All workplace violence incidents are to be reported both verbally and in writing. Each institution and APA regional office will identify a Workplace Violence Liaison who will work closely with the Victim Coordinator to support the victim of workplace violence, track workplace violence incidents within their location, and report all incidents identified as workplace violence to the Office of Victim Services. If you have additional questions regarding workplace violence, feel free to contact the Workplace Violence Liaison at your location or the Office of Victim Services at 1-888-842-8464.

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