Written violence policies and risk of physical assault against Minnesota educators

Denise M. Feda, Susan G Gerberich, Andrew Ryan, Nancy M. Nachreiner, Patricia M McGovern

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Few research studies on school violence policies use quantitative methods to evaluate the impact of policies on workplace violence. This study analyzed nine different written violence policies and their impact on work-related physical assault in educational settings. Data were from the Minnesota Educators Study. This large, nested case control study included cases (n = 372) who reported physical assaults within the last year, and controls (n = 1116) who did not. Multivariate logistic regression analyses, using directed acyclic graphs, estimated risk of assault. Results of the adjusted multivariate model suggested decreased risks of physical assault were associated with the presence of policies regarding how to report sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and threat (OR 0.53; 95 per cent CI: 0.30-0.95); assurance of confidential reporting of events (OR 0.67; 95 per cent CI: 0.44-1.04); and zero tolerance for violence (OR 0.70; 95 per cent CI: 0.47-1.04).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-477
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010


  • Zero tolerance policies
  • injury
  • policy analysis
  • workplace violence

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