Table 4

 Work related assault: impact of policy employer sub-study policy existence agreement between nurse and employer

Type of written policy componentCase matchControl matchTotal
(n = 36 nurses)(n = 28 nurses)(n = 64 nurses)
How to report if someone sexually harassed, threatened, or verbally abused you75%75%75%
How to report if someone physically assaulted you75%71%73%
Consequences for those who used violence at work56%64%59%
Types of violent behaviours that were prohibited (physical assault, threat, sexual harassment, or verbal abuse)56%68%61%
Assurance that reporting of violent incidents would be kept confidential39%54%45%
Requirements for violence prevention training of staff members31%39%34%
Zero tolerance policy28%43%34%