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The FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC), part of the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), located at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia, consists of FBI Special Agents and professional support staff who provide operational support in the areas of crimes against children, crimes against adults, counterterrorism, and threat assessment. Typical cases received for services include child abduction, serial murder, serial rape, single homicides, threats, and assessment of dangerousness in such matters as workplace violence, school violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

The NCAVC reviews crimes from behavioral, forensic, and investigative perspectives. This criminal investigative analysis process serves as a tool for client law enforcement agencies by providing them with an analysis of the crime as well as an understanding of criminal motivation and behavioral characteristics of the likely offender. The NCAVC also conducts research into violent crime from a law enforcement perspective in an effort to gain insight into criminal thought processes, motivations, and behaviors. Results of the research are shared with law enforcement and academic communities through publications, presentations, and training, as well as through application of knowledge to the investigative and operational functions of the NCAVC.

The assistance of the NCAVC can be requested only by law enforcement. Law enforcement, when responding to a request by an employer about a potentially dangerous employee, may contact the NCAVC to conduct a threat assessment and render an opinion as to the potential for violence posed by this employee to the company. If the threat is found to be credible, intervention strategies are provided to the requesting agency to lower the level of threat.

Mass murder on the job by disgruntled employees are media-intensive events. However, these mass murders, while serious, are relatively infrequent events. It is the threats, harassment, bullying, domestic violence, stalking, emotional abuse, intimidation, and other forms of behavior and physical violence that, if left unchecked, may result in more serious violent behavior. These are the behaviors that supervisors and managers have to deal with every day.

The NCAVC, working with a select group of experts in violence and violent behavior, and looking at this issue from a law enforcement and behavioral perspective, wanted to examine issues in prevention, threat assessment and management, crisis management, critical incident response, research, and legislation. This working group met with members of the NCAVC at a two-day meeting held at the FBI Academy, and it was through their recommendation that a symposium be held to bring together the many disciplines and groups who are involved in this issue.

From June 10 to 14, 2002, the NCAVC hosted a "Violence in the Workplace" symposium at the Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. A collaborative effort, consisting of representatives from law enforcement, private industry, government, law, labor, professional organizations, victim services, the military, academia, mental health, and members of the NCAVC and CIRG's Crisis Negotiation Unit came together to share their expertise on this important issue.

The agenda included plenary sessions and presentations, panel discussions, and afternoon breakout groups. This monograph is the culmination of those efforts, looking at the latest thinking and best practices. It is hoped this monograph will serve as a useful and practical guide to businesses, small and large, and government in implementing a proactive workplace violence prevention strategy.
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Title Annotation:National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
Publication:Workplace Violence Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 10, 2002
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