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Sexual harassment of staff by patients in mental health units

  • Maria B. Tomé de la Granja (a1)
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The Health and Safety Executive (1992) defines violence against staff as “any incident in which an employee is threatened or assaulted by a member of the public in circumstances arising out of the course of his or her employment”. Verbal abuse and threats are, as the Health and Safety Executive notes, the most common types of incidents, and staff have the common-law right to be protected from such incidents in the course of their work. While the literature on physical violence against mental health professionals is quite large and expanding (see, for example, Health and Safety Commission, 1987; Shepherd, 1994; Wykes, 1994), comparatively little emphasis has been placed on verbal assaults, although these may be extremely distressing.

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Health and Safety Commission. Health Advisory Service (1987) Violence to Staff in the Health Services. ISBN 0118839179. HMSO.
Health and Safety Executive (1992) Violence to Staff.
Shepherd, J. (1994) Violence in Health Care: a practical guide to coping with violence and caring for victims. Oxford University Press.
Wykes, T. (1994) Violence and Health Care Professionals. Chapman and Hall.
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Sexual harassment of staff by patients in mental health units

  • Maria B. Tomé de la Granja (a1)
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