In an effort to better understand workplace violence, this exploratory study examines it from an organizational level perspective. This perspective allows for the identification of the types of prevention measures used by organizations to address workplace violence, as well as the effectiveness of these techniques at preventing it. Descriptive statistics indicate the types of organizational policies and procedures used to prevent workplace violence, as well as some of the conditions that place organizations at a higher risk of experiencing it. Additionally, the methods for minimizing violence in the workplace, such as counseling and grievance procedures, are analyzed to determine which prevention techniques appear to be most effective at addressing workplace violence. The significance of the findings and future research directions are discussed. © 2002 Plenum Publishing Corporation.