3rd section of course: work place risks
Labour site violence
Like interpersonal violence labour force violence
1. may be gendered
2. are conditioned by an individual's social location
3. reinforces social position
4. is linked to relations of power
allows is to extend discussion beyond strict gender analysis and integrate other social stratifications.
Not just men against women but also women against women and women against men.
Thinking about violence and work
4 ways we can discuss:
• endangerment/ neglect (corporate)
o men more vulnerable
o labour conditions
o physcial demands
o lack of protective equipment
o women: dry cleaners. Chemicals dangerous. Lead to cancer. No masks, etc.
• acts of agression by predators (criminal intent)
o type 1
o no relationship to victim
o killing is secondary to another crime (rob a store and shot the cashier) o victim is convient target
o premeditated (murder not always premeditated)
o sometimes the victim is targeted bc they are a member of a dispised group
o particularly at risk:
• fare jumping,etc
o nurses at risk too
gangs come in, need to shut it down
drugs, they are the gate keepers
family members can be angry
• acts of aggression by clients (situational)
o type 2
o dispute arises during the transaction or interaction between a client and worker and client become
violent or resorts to violents
o not premediatated
o emotional violence
o verbal violence,physical, psychological,bullying,sexual
o assualt with a weapon to insulting someone
o particurly at risk:
nurses 94% women
• 1 in 3 had experienced physical assault in the previous year
• Emergency and pyschiatric care are the worse areas • System is overloaded and people get frustrated, in pain,nurse is the first people
• Less respect for nurses
• Doing less of the caregiving in the job now
• Nurses are overworked, not able to provide the same service
• Increase in dementia and brain injuries, less support and more patients
• When they refuse services, you want morphin but she cant give it to you for
• Want more men in the nursing bc they are less vulnerable
• Double standard, violence doctors is very serious
• Dont report violence bc:
o Afraid to be blamed
o Too much paperwork
o Dont think anything will happen anyways
o Historically seen as part of the job
o 70% dont report
• actsof aggression by coworkers or supervisors
Most dangerous: fishing and trapping. The second most dangerous job is mining. 3: oil refining 4: contruction, 6th is
Men 30 times more vunerable than women bc of the types of jobs they do.
5 people in Canada die at work each day.
Nurses and violence
• situational and predatory violence • making sense
• under reporting
if police dont respond, the message is that its okay. But we dont want to strap down people with brain problems.
Health care workers over worked. Want to train nurses to difuse situations. Develop strategies to deal with all the
people with dementia, etc.
What are some other jobs where women are vulnerable to violence?
• Social worker situational
• Waitressing/ serving jobs/ bartenders
• Prostitution/sex workers predatory/situational
• Fast food (MvcDonalds on rideau)
• Referees in sports
• Night clerks
• Customer service: bell!
How can we understand this in terms of power relations?
When we handle there money,they think they can talk to u