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Table 5 Characteristics of perpetrators associated with physical and non-physical violence

From: Workplace violence against physicians and nurses in Palestinian public hospitals: a cross-sectional study

  Physical assailant Non-physical assailant*
  N % N %
Gender
Male 38 76.0 52 36.4
Female 12 24.0 91 63.6
Age group
≤18 years 18 36.0 31 21.7
19-35 years 26 52.0 49 34.3
36-60 years 6 12.0 63 44.1
Impaired perpetrators
Yes, under the influence of illness or prescribed medicines 18 36.0 35 24.5
Yes, under influence of other drugs or alcohol 1 2.0 10 7.0
Not impaired 29 58.0 77 53.8
Not sure 2 4.0 21 14.7
Relationship with perpetrators/ sources of violence
Patient/ clients 19 38.0 30 21.0
Visitors/ patient relatives 24 48.0 60 42.0
Co-workers (supervisors, physicians, nurses, others) 7 14.0 53 37.1
  1. * Nonphysical violence includes threats, verbal abuse and sexual harassment.