One sixth of
school assistants subjugated to weekly violence
JHL (23.12.2010 -
Juhani Artto) It is surprisingly common how often school assistants are
targeted violently at their work place, comments Kaijamaija Parviainen from
The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL on the results of a
recent survey. Over 600 school assistants replied to the questionnaire.
Almost 3 per cent of the respondents encounter violence daily at their place
of work. And nearly 15 per cent face the same unpleasantness on a weekly
basis, and 12 per cent monthly. Around 30 per cent claim to have no violent
experiences in their work. The remaining 40 per cent claim to have been
targets of violence but with occurrences seldom ranging over once a month.
Over 8 per cent of the respondents have been attacked so badly that they
have had to take sick leave.
And this is not all. There are many school assistants who have experienced
the threat of violence without having been actually attacked physically.
Only one out of four has never been threatened with violence.
The survey covers both physical and mental violence.
According to the survey most schools have instructions on how to behave in
violent situations. In two out of three schools violent incidents have been
handled in meetings held by personnel.