I was recently introduced to the works of Dr. Irvin Perline, Ph.D. Dr. Perline coauthored (with Jona Goldschmidt Ph.D.) the book, “The Psychology & Law of Workplace Violence” (sub-title, “A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Employers”). It is available on Amazon.
Among other studies, Dr. Perline studied the “Workplace Violence, Issues in Response” document from the FBI Academy (June, 2002). While dated, it was developed with extraordinary wisdom and experience. Dr. Perline highlighted some of the more meaningful and applicable concepts from it. It was quite applicable to faith-based security awareness.
Domestic violence, stalking, threats, harassment, abuse, intimidation, and other forms of conduct that occur in the workplace are all considered workplace violence.
He spoke of the 4 types of workplace violence.
TYPE 1: Violent acts by criminals who have no other connection with the workplace, but enter to commit robbery or another crime.
TYPE 2: Violence directed at employees by customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, or any others for whom an organization provides services.
TYPE 3: Violence against coworkers, supervisors, or managers by a present or former employee.
TYPE 4: Violence committed in the workplace by someone who doesn’t work there, but has a personal relationship with an employee—an abusive spouse or domestic partner
The applicability to ministry violence is obvious.
Think About it
Dr. Perline and his colleagues pulled out conclusions worthy of watching for.
Those who commit those 4 types of attacks all go through a very similar process on their journey to the act.
They all start with some sort of personal, worthy goal but experienced a blockage that prevented them achieving that goal. While that is something common to everyone, those with a criminal disposition (and / or mental illness) must blame someone. Their trouble was caused by someone other than themselves.
Dr. Perline says, that frustration leads to perceived injustice. Frustration + Perceived Injustice = Anger. The violence caused by that anger is, purposive and functional and occurs for the most part when people become angry beyond their means to cope.
Then the workplace (your church) is a good place to make a statement. They WILL be heard.
French violinist Zino Francescatti said, “When I speak I must be heard, or else why bother!”