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Security Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 31–38 | Cite as

Workplace Violence against Female Long-haul Truckers

  • Debra Gay Anderson
  • Susan Westneat
  • Deborah Reed
Research Article

Abstract

This article describes workplace violence issues experienced by long-haul female truckers in the US. Females comprise between six and ten per cent of long-haul truckers, and their numbers are growing. Data for this study were collected via a self-administered survey using a convenience sample of 51 female long-haul truck drivers at a major truck show. Forty-two per cent of women reported at least one type of workplace violence while working as a long-haul trucker. Sixty-seven per cent had feared for their personal safety while working during the previous year. Measures women take to ensure their safety at work included carrying a weapon, taking a self-defense class, and cautionary tactics regarding where they stopped to refuel and rest. Because women experience workplace violence differently than do men, different interventions need to be developed to ensure a healthy workforce.

Keywords

Workplace violence domestic violence women long-haul truckers 

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Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Debra Gay Anderson
    • 1
  • Susan Westneat
    • 2
  • Deborah Reed
    • 3
  1. 1.Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of KentuckyLexington
  2. 2.Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of KentuckyLexington
  3. 3.Data Analyst, College of Nursing, University of KentuckyLexington

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