Violence against teachers: prevalence and consequences

J Interpers Violence. 2011 Aug;26(12):2353-71. doi: 10.1177/0886260510383027. Epub 2010 Oct 1.


Data collected from 731 teachers were used to examine the consequences of violence directed toward teachers while in the workplace. Analyses showed that the majority of respondents (n = 585, 80.0%) had experienced school-related violence—broadly defined—at one point in their careers. Serious violence (actual, attempted, or threatened physical violence) was less common, but still common enough to be of concern (n = 202, 27.6%). Violence predicted physical and emotional effects, as well as teaching-related functioning. In addition, a model with fear as a potential mediator revealed that both fear and violence were independently predictive of these negative outcomes. Finally, analyses showed that, in general, women reported higher levels of physical symptoms compared to men. We discuss the implications of violence against teachers in terms of personal consequences and the implications for mental health professionals working in an educational setting.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • British Columbia
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Faculty / statistics & numerical data*
  • Fear / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Regression Analysis
  • Sex Distribution
  • Violence / psychology*
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Workplace / psychology*
  • Workplace / statistics & numerical data*