FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

Workplace violence—what have we noticed in the health network?

Workplace violence—what have we noticed in the health network?

One of the goals of the last Network was to create a space where women could discuss the violence they witness or experience in the workplace. The workshops made it clear that there’s no shortage of examples. Indeed, the activists in attendance spoke of many situations they must face: intimidation, rifts, jealousy, humiliation, increased monitoring, information that is held back thus creating dangerous situations, etc.

The conference given by Isabelle St-Pierre, a Nursing Science professor and researcher at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, highlighted that several of the stories told by the women in attendance had also come up in the research. The members also spoke with Ms. St-Pierre about factors that contribute to the unspoken agreement to keep quiet, as well as the impact of work structures on creating and maintaining situations of violence.