Verbal abuse

  1. I know it is a felony to physically assault a health care worker, but what about verbal abuse? Is that against the law?
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  3. by   Sour Lemon
    That's a hard sell. It would have to be pretty extreme and threatening to get anyone's attention.
  4. by   not.done.yet
    Not against the law. Repeated credible threats might be something that would get some attention but no...generally speaking, verbal abusiveness from a patient does not break any laws.
  5. by   meanmaryjean
    No- it is not against the law.
  6. by   That Guy
    I call it workplace banter.
  7. by   GeminiNurse29
    Nope. Ask anyone who works in psych like myself or the ED...
  8. by   meanmaryjean
    Imagine how over crowded the jails would be if it was......
  9. by   luvmyc
    Nope. I get verbally abused on a daily basis where I work.
  10. by   Zyprexa
    No, but it should not be tolerated.