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​Returning to work after armed robbery in the workplace

Author(s) Fuller, Georgina and Simon Ng
Title Returning to work after armed robbery in the workplace
Source Trends & Issues in crime and criminal justice; Australian Institute of Criminology; March 2017; No. 529; pp 1-13
Date 2017
Document type Research report
Summary This research examines factors that can hinder or help an employee's successful return to work after an armed robbery. The Australian Institute of Criminology's Database of Victimisation Experiences (DoVE) was used to extract a sample data set of 93 victims of an armed robbery at work. It was found that most of the victims in the sample returned to work after the robbery and only 27% did not return to any form of work post-robbery. The reasons for returning to work were discussed and it was found that most victims returned to work for financial reasons and many still reported high levels of anxiety and fear after their return. The main reasons victims were unable to return to work were related to the psychological effects of the robbery with anxiety and feeling unsafe at work the most common issues mentioned. A number of other impacts affecting a decision to return to work were also discussed, including the severity of the robbery and aggravating factors such as injury and the weapon used. The response of the employer was also found to affect some decisions about returning to work and a number of positive responses were reported by victims, such as flexible working hours and access to rehabilitation and counselling.
Keywords Armed robbery; psychological impact; DoVE; victimisation; rehabilitation
Topic Victimisation