Violence against nurses: why do so many attacks go unreported and how can we protect staff?

How to support colleagues, increase reporting and response to incidents and improve protection

How to support colleagues, increase reporting of incidents and improve protection

  • About a quarter of all nurses and midwives have experienced verbal or physical assault at work and one in four say attacks have gone unreported
  • Advice on what to do if you have been a victim of assault, aggression or abuse at work
  • How employers and managers can protect staff from assaults, support them after incidents and mitigate the specific risks for community nurses

A nurse is left ‘shaken and nervous’ after being grabbed by the wrists and assaulted by a drunk patient during a night shift.

Another sustains a leg injury after a patient throws a table


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