Introducing the occupational violence and aggression (OVA) incident investigation tool

A tool for investigating occupational violence and aggression incidents, and to help prevent further incidents.

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Why this tool is needed

95% of healthcare employees have experienced violent or aggressive behaviour at work; but only around 20% report the behaviour.

In order to prevent incidents happening again, reporting them is vital.

Most of us understand that extreme acts of violence are unacceptable. But not everyone realises there is a scale of violence and aggression - from aggressive gestures/expressions and verbal abuse through to intimidating physical behaviour and physical assault.

None of these are ok.

Many healthcare workers experience these behaviours on a frequent and ongoing basis, which can lead to significant effects on their wellbeing.

Who is this tool for

Managers (such as unit managers and associate unit managers) can use this tool to guide them through investigating OVA incidents in their workplace.

The tool helps you collect information about the incident, document the factors that may have contributed to it, implement controls to prevent a similar incident happening and communicate the investigation outcomes and actions.

How to use the tool

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Related information

Related pages

This information is from 'Work-related violence: a guide for employers'. The complete guide is available in two formats.

Website version PDF guide