Violence and Injury Prevention

Building policy to prevent violence: an international collaboration

Project collaborators (from left to right):  Dr Alex Butchart, Coordinator Violence Prevention, WHO; Ms Alison Gehring, Project Manager; Dr Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews; Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Justice, Scottish Government; Professor Peter Donnelly, Project Lead, University of St Andrews
Project collaborators (from left to right): Dr Alex Butchart, Coordinator Violence Prevention, WHO; Ms Alison Gehring, Project Manager; Dr Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor, University of St Andrews; Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Justice, Scottish Government; Professor Peter Donnelly, Project Lead, University of St Andrews

Violence robs and scars lives worldwide with nearly 1.6 million lives lost and 16 million injuries caused by violence every year. From the streets of Glasgow to Johannesburg, from the homes and schools of Edinburgh to Sao Paulo, violence exists, but it can be stopped.

In 2009 WHO and the University of St Andrews supported by the Scottish Government have come together to work with selected low-income and middle-income countries over 5 years to build a holistic policy response to interpersonal violence through shared learning, technical assistance and capacity development.

Many countries have responded to this serious public health problem by developing policies and programmes to prevent violence. The evidence for what violence prevention strategies work is steadily expanding. However, as a relatively new area there is still a need to better understand exactly how policy can contribute to preventing violence, particularly in low-income and middle-income countries.


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