History of Behavior

In some cases, there has been a clear pattern of warning signs before a violent incident.  When you can, take note of:

History of Violence:

  • Fascinated with incidents of workplace violence
  • Shows an extreme interest in, or obsession with weapons
  • Demonstrated violence towards inanimate objects
  • Evidence of earlier violent behavior

Threatening Behavior:

  • States intention to hurt someone (can be verbal or written)
  • Holds grudges
  • Excessive behavior (phone calls, gift giving)
  • Escalating threats that appears well-planned
  • Preoccupation with violence

Intimidating behavior:

  • Argumentative or uncooperative
  • Displays unwarranted anger
  • Impulsive or easily frustrated
  • Challenges peers and authority figures

Negative personality characteristics:

  • Suspicious of others
  • Believes they are entitled to something
  • Cannot take criticism
  • Feels victimized
  • Shows a lack of concern for the safety and well-being of others
  • Blames others for their problems or mistakes
  • Low self-esteem