Creating Safer Spaces: The New Zealand Workplace Violence Survey

Workplace violence is experienced each day by employees globally. Workplace violence is work-related physical, psychological (emotional), or sexual violence and harassment. It can take place at your employer’s premises, in the place you are working (such as someone’s home), or while travelling for work. Workplace violence may originate from colleagues or managers, or from customers and the public.

The New Zealand Workplace Violence Survey will provide up-to-date information on how often workers experience violence in New Zealand workplaces, what follow-up support they have access to, and what employers are putting in place to prevent and mitigate possible workplace violence. It will inform what workplace and regulatory changes may be needed to create safer workplaces for everyone. This study will survey both support workers and managers in the disability support, home and community support, and mental health and addiction sectors.

This project is funded by the Industrial Relations Foundation Grant, New Zealand and led by Associate Director Professor Katherine Ravenswood.

Phase 1: Care and support workers in community-based settings, 2024

Do you work in mental health and addiction, disability support or home and community care?
This survey is about workers' experiences of violence in care and support work. This could be physical violence (e.g. hitting, pinching etc), psychological (e.g. threats, bullying, intimidation) or sexual violence (unwanted sexual attention or contact). If you are a care/support worker (incl. peer support workers & cultural support workers) or are a team leader/manager then please share your experiences by answering this survey.