Workplace Violence: Prevention, Response, and Employer’s Liability

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    Speaker: Lynn Fairweather

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    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 50703
    Level: Intermediate

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Ranging from employee performance issues to horrific mass murders, workplace violence is responsible for bringing both staggering economic losses and significant personal safety risks to businesses and the people that work in or visit them. Learn how to assess and manage workplace violence threat through this unique, multimedia presentation that will help you to increase overall safety and pro-actively prevent workplace attacks. Featured content areas include identifying employee perpetrator risk factors and behavioral warning signs, using violence risk assessment tools, formulating effective employee conduct policies, and case management strategies to harden targets and increase workplace safety.

Attendees will also learn workplace violence safety tips, basics of employer liability, how to establish a workplace violence prevention program, and how to conduct an employee awareness campaign that will engage and inform workers at all levels. Participants in this webinar will come away with a better understanding of the impact of workplace violence, a toolbox of practical safety strategies, and an increased knowledge of how to reduce employer liability and cost, while enhancing the security and productivity of their entire workforce.


Over 2 million incidents of workplace violence are reported annually in America, with over 400 on-the-job homicides per year. In 2015, over 16,000 employees reported being assaulted by a co-worker, but many occurrences of workplace violence are due to outside sources such as former employees, robbers, intimate partners of workers, or even ideological terrorists. Beyond the typical reasons for workplace violence, researchers are now beginning to see the emergence of “hybrid violence” in which traditional motives such as pre-existing workplace grievances combine with causes such as domestic abuse or religious and political extremism. In order to defend against workplace violence, employers must shift from a reactive to a proactive stance, anticipating risk before it arrives as tragedy.

Developing a workplace violence prevention and response plan can help employers to decrease the potential for injuries and loss of life, while also reducing the directly and indirectly associated costs that it brings. Most corporate security directors agree that workplace violence is among their highest concerns for employee safety. However, those who fail to act by confronting the danger head on, risk potential physical and economic casualties by leaving themselves open to violent attacks, increased absenteeism and turnover, reduced employee productivity and morale, employee performance issues, and possible regulatory violations, as well as legal liabilities.


This unique 90 minute workplace violence prevention training facilitated by experienced trainer Lynn Fairweather, begins with an exploration of the issue of workplace violence in America by examining definitions and prevalence rates, the five main categories of workplace violence, and the particular risks that various industries and employees may face. Next, the training turns to the careful, holistic assessment of workplace violence risk by revealing the employee perpetrator risk factors and behavioural warning signs that may accompany impending attacks. Participants will learn about utilizing workplace violence safety tips and highly validated workplace violence assessment tools, and uncover the basic principles of threat assessment and management that will assist them with evaluating and handling workplace violence cases. Content includes education on the Path to Intended Violence, situational analysis, questions to ask about individual employee cases, and how to develop a dependable, in-house, multidisciplinary workplace violence prevention program. Next, attendees will learn how to build strong and comprehensive workplace violence prevention and response policies, and explore the essential elements of employee training and awareness at all levels, including a crucial training concept called “The 3 R’s” (Recognize, Respond and Refer). Finally, the last third of the presentation will focus on the foundations of employer liability, featuring information on OSHA violations, negligent hiring, training, retention, and supervision lawsuits and wrongful death claims.

Participants will discover in depth legal concepts of Employer Liability Act, Doctrine of Vicarious Liability, Special Relationships, and Failure to Exercise Ordinary Care. The session concludes with a selection of workplace violence prevention tips, ideas for individual employee safety planning, and additional resources that can provide further information on the prevention of workplace violence. Overall, attendees of this training will gain knowledge, confidence, and insight into the prevention of workplace violence, as well as the creation of a secure and smoothly functioning business model.


  • Participants will develop a deeper understanding of workplace violence and how it impacts employees, as well as the business overall
  • Participants will be able to list known perpetrator risk factors for workplace violence, and demonstrate knowledge of the behavioral warning signs that are associated with impending attacks
  • Participants will learn threat assessment and management theories and techniques that can be practically applied to their everyday work
  • Participants will discover practical strategies and effective tactics for preventing workplace violence
  • Participants will gain a basic understanding of an employer’s legal liability in incidents of workplace violence


  • Security
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Employee Relations
  • Legal personnel


Years of Experience: 24+ years

Areas of Expertise: Domestic Violence Response and Prevention 

Lynn Fairweather, MSW is an abuse survivor who has worked in the domestic violence response and prevention field for over 24 years. In her role as president of Presage Consulting and Training she provides expert guidance and education to professionals in both the public and private sector, ranging from the federal government to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Presage services include domestic violence threat assessment and management training, workplace violence program and policy consultations, and 24/7 threat response for employee cases. Before founding Presage in 2008, Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Social Work.

Her skills in domestic violence threat assessment were developed by working on thousands of high risk cases through positions in social service, criminal justice, university, and shelter systems. Lynn has served on several interpersonal violence task forces and facilitated both victim support groups and batterer’s intervention programs.

As President of Oregon VAWPAC, Lynn leads America’s only bi-partisan political action committee focused on ending violence against women. She is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and holds training certifications from Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. Locally, she donates her time to train domestic violence organizations as a way of giving back to the advocacy field where she began her career. Lynn also writes professionally on the subject of domestic violence, releasing her first book in 2012 (Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships” Seal Press) and appearing as a featured author in Asta Publishing’s 2015 compilation “Tales of Women Survivors”.

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