Work-related violence: Information for workers

Resources to help employees that have experienced or witnessed work-related violence.


You should never feel that work-related violence is 'part of the job'

As an employee, you have a right to feel safe at work. Your employer is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe workplace that is free of work-related violence.

There are preventative actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of violence and aggression in your workplace. Make sure you know what to do when you witness or experience these behaviours.

Report all incidents of work-related violence

No matter what the situation, it's important to report work-related violence so your employer knows about it and can take steps to better prevent and manage it in the future. Your employer can also provide you and your colleagues with appropriate support.

The process for reporting health and safety incidents can vary between workplaces - talk to your manager today to confirm the reporting process at your workplace.

If you are affected by violence and aggression, you should seek support from your manager or your workplace Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider.

Immediate support

If you are experiencing work-related violence, there are a number of services available to support you.

  • call WorkSafe Advisory Service 1800 136 089
  • call Victoria Police on 000
  • call Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • speak to your local GP

Support Services

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