Researching Workplace Violence – trends, attention and responses

21st – 23rd of May 2024
Elite Palace Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden


About this course

How can trends in exposure to violence at work be understood? What are the measures to combat the problem? How can organizations identify, prevent and manage the potential for trickle down workplace violence by building in ethical management practices, policies and procedures?

In this course, participants will be introduced to the research on the links between violence, work environment and organizational structures. There will also be time for discussion and participants will have the opportunity to present their own work.

Course Summary

21st – 23rd of May 2024
Onsite course
Elite Palace Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden
Deadline 15th of April 2024
EUR 850 – 1.000 (depending on day package)
Register now

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday

We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 1.000 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 500).

EUR 1.000

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches

Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

The total price of the course is EUR 850 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 350).

EUR 850


The course will be held at Elite Palace Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden. The address is Sankt Eriksgatan 115, 113 43 Stockholm, Sweden. Hotel rooms can be booked via their website.

Many other hotels are also in the vicinity such as:

Course objectives

  • Summarize knowledge and thinking with respect to an improved understanding of the emergence of Workplace Violence as a social problem.
  • Discuss how research can provide policy makers, employers, trade unions, experts and employees with a comprehensive best practice framework for psychosocial risk management at the workplace.
  • Provide opportunity for postgraduate students and more advanced researchers to discuss their work in an advanced interdisciplinary context.

Main topics

  • Workplace Violence (WpV) – history, concept, terms and definitions
  • Researching WpV – trends, attention and responses.
    Investigating and examining the prevalence of, and trends in, violence at work, the nature of the attention and the measures that have been proposed to come to terms with the problem. This is achieved on the basis of different approaches and perspectives and using different types of data and analytical methods.
  • What kind of situations and working conditions are related to WpV? And, has the number of employees exposed to these working conditions increased parallel to the rise of reported workplace violence?
  • Understanding Organizational Violence: the missing link in resolving workplace violence?
  • “First Do No Harm”: A discussion of different approaches to workplace violence training for example: Staff training in physical interventions.
  • Researching Workplace violence: Prevalence, Causes and Consequences (A Norwegian perspective)
  • Theoretical frameworks and perspectives to WpV
  • Researching Unlawful influence
    What is unlawful influence? Who is the target? Which actors are believed to be behind unlawful influence? In what types of situation does this occur?
  • Where do we go from here: Challenges and future issues in research and practice.

Target groups

  • Researchers
  • Practitioners
  • Labor Inspectorate
  • OHS representatives
  • Union representatives

Subject background

Over recent decades, workplace violence (WpV) has emerged as one of the principal occupational health hazards for many people at work. Workplace violence has become an increasingly high profile social problem and the increased attention focused on, and sensitivity to, workplace violence is reflected in increases in officially registered violence in human services.

Research indicates that there has been a shift from viewing workplace violence as a problem that should be resolved at the workplace as a health-and-safety issue, to increasingly viewing it as a problem that should be resolved externally with the help of the justice system. What we often are failing to address are the underlying factors that serve to structure the framework in which these interactions take place.

General course fee and cancellation information

The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline.

Travel arrangements

Please refrain from booking any travel tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent at the latest after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by 15th of April 2024: full refund
Cancellations received by 16th of April 2024 or later: no refund

NIVA will issue an invoice or send information on how to pay the course with credit card (depending on the option chosen in the registration form) after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact persons

Course leaders

Sofia Wikman, Professor in Criminology, Department for Social Work and Criminology, The Academy for Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle, Sweden.

Sara Göransson, affiliated to Department for Social Work and Criminology, The Academy for Health and Occupational Studies, University of Gävle, Sweden.

In practical matters, please contact:

Morten Jakobsen
Project Manager & Sustainability Advisor

Course leaders

Sofia Wikman

  • Professor in Criminology, University of Gävle, SE

Sara Göransson

  • University of Gävle, SE

Sign up for our newsletter and be the first to hear about our new courses!

Other courses