Assault Prevention Expert Returns from Japan in Wake of Violence

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In the wake of the recent violence at Virginia Tech and elsewhere, an internationally-recognized expert on self-protection and personal security is filling a much overlooked niche in the corporate workplace violence training arena. Today's workplace violence prevention plans, not just in the US but around the world, are typically filled with "zero-tolerance" statements, banned-weapons lists, and reporting procedures. However, OSHA and other safety organizations suggest employee training and procedures that are seriously lacking in most companies, placing them, their employees, and others at risk.

So many senseless deaths occurring in recent events on university and school grounds, corporate job sites, and in hospitals, need not have ended the way they have, says assault prevention specialist Jeffrey M. Miller, but not for the reasons that most people think. "Hiring yet another security specialist, communications expert, or interpersonal relationship counselor to restructure what you already have, will never stop a person with serious anti-social behavior or criminal intent from attacking others," says Miller. What does he suggest? "What's needed is for companies and organizations to add the pieces that are missing from their plan, not simply replace the pieces that couldn't have prevented the hostility in the first place."

Workplace violence, of which the recent massacre at Virginia Tech is included, is a worldwide problem and not one limited to companies in the US, says Miller. During his recent trip to Japan for research and to work with other danger prevention specialists, Miller found that, lying beneath the calm, peaceful appearance, Japanese companies are dealing with the very same issues that we are. He also spoke to a business person from Thailand who told him that his services were seriously needed in that country as well.

What exactly does Miller offer? "I teach people what to do when their company's passive workplace violence plan fails." Miller says that most plans are simply "feel good" administrative procedures that are designed by middle and upper management executives who have no idea how to handle a violent situation. They believe that the answer lies in prevention and therefor hire consultants with the same beliefs.

"I'm not saying the plans that companies have are wrong," says Miller. "What I am saying is that they are incomplete." Miller, a veteran federal police officer, bodyguard, undercover investigator, and real-world self-protection instructor with over thirty years of experience in dealing with violent encounters, says that, while prevention measures are a great start, the procedures that most organizations have in place do absolutely nothing to protect the victims of violence during the actual attack. "The recent attack at Virginia Tech is a prime example," says Miller. "Everyone's looking to blame the university for not doing something beforehand. But, everyone's missing the point that the shooter was one of their own and therefor would have been familiar with any security procedures in place. He obviously knew where to go and when to carry out his plan."

"Most workplace violence plans follow OSHA suggestions and include the passive elements," says Miller. But he says what they lack are things like assault avoidance, attack evasion, and self-defense training for employees. "We have to remember that the person who commits these acts of violence is very unbalanced to begin with and does not respond to the standard training included in most companies. They don't take personal responsibility for their actions, routinely blame others for their mistakes, and want things their way, no matter what."

Miller says that when the violence erupts, no amount of negotiating, reporting, or threats of punitive action will stop it. Employees who are being targeted, must have the skills to avoid, evade, or defend themselves from the brutality. "We're not talking about turning people into fighters," continues Miller, author of the books, "The Karate-Myth" and "Controlling the Fight," as well as the "Danger Prevention Tactics" DVD. "What we're talking about is giving people the tactics, skills, and strategies that will help them survive, instead of ending up on the news or as the focus of a memorial service."

Miller's company, Warrior Concepts International, Inc., offers several programs designed to help companies reduce the impact and damage that can occur as a result of workplace violence. The company has a global reach and understands the liability concerns that executives have. And, due to the nature and variety of business operations, managers can choose a standardized program or have one tailored to their specific needs.

Contrary to popular belief, factories and post offices are not the only sites for workplace violence. Statistics show that it's the number one cause of death among corporate managers. And, according to many nursing associations, the average nurse is assaulted one to three times per year. "The threat to teachers and school administrators in the past few years," says Miller, has jumped exponentially."

According to Miller, everyone is at-risk and needs to be prepared. From the real estate agent meeting unknown clients alone for a property showing, managers and office personnel, and delivery people, to professionals like medical personnel, lawyers, and teachers, the problem is everywhere. And according to Miller's most recent findings while in Asia, the epidemic is global.

For more information about assault avoidance and employee self-defense programs offered through WC International, visit their web site at: http://www.wcinternational.com or contact Miller directly in the US at (570) 988-1989. For information about adding the "Danger Prevention Tactics" video, the URL is: http://www.warrior-concepts-online.com/self-defense-video-dpt1.html

About Warrior Concepts International:

WCI was founded in 1990 by internationally-recognized self-protection and personal safety expert, Jeffrey M. Miller, to help individuals, groups, and business organizations to be able to protect themselves from the danger and violence that is often a part of our world. It offers consulting services, on-site training programs, and products focusing on individual safety and the most vital elements of a company's workplace violence plan.

Contact:

Jeffrey M. Miller, President & CEO
Warrior Concepts International, Inc.
570-988-1989
http://www.wcinternational.com

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