End the silence on health care violence.

Across the country, health care staff suffer more violent assaults than any other profession.

Our staff share their stories, as a national crisis hits home.

The impact is far-reaching.

We chose to end the silence on health care violence to give visibility and voice to members of our frontline staff who have endured acts of physical and verbal violence while doing their jobs. Their stories are difficult to hear as they talk about how this type of violence has impacted them, both professionally and personally.

  While we have many responses in place and in progress across our health system to support our staff and our patients in a welcoming care environment, it is challenging for all of us to recognize that acts of violence against our caregivers is a complex problem, with no easy solutions, and no single answer.    

Sunil Eappen, MD, MBA
President and CEO, The University of Vermont Health Network

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Health care staff are 5x times more likely to suffer a workplace violence injury.

of health care staff have considered leaving their job because of workplace violence

of health care staff say they have experienced violence in the past year

of physicians believe violence has gotten worse in the past 5 years


Read the special update on health care violence from the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

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About This Work

Health care organization across the country have grappled with rising violence for several years, but the local impact is rarely well known or understood. As reports of violence from our own staff increased, we began seeking ways to amplify their stories.

The response from our frontline caregivers was immediate, with individuals coming forward to share heartbreaking stories.

There is no single solution to health care violence, and hospitals cannot solve this problem alone. By improving awareness of this challenge, we hope to inspire new conversations that could lead to meaningful action – here in our health system and across the country. It will take the work of many – including governmental, health care and community partners – to address a problem this pervasive and complex.

We chose to raise our voices, so we can end the silence on health care violence, support each other and work toward solutions together.


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US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2021). Number and rate of nonfatal work injuries in detailed private industries. Number and rate of nonfatal work injuries in detailed private industries (bls.gov)

US Bureau of Labor Statistics (2020). Fact Sheet – Workplace Violence in Healthcare, 2018. Workplace Violence in Healthcare, 2018 : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov)