Violence and Injury Prevention

Prevention of violence

A cemetery in Rio de Janeiro
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Each year, nearly 1.4 million people worldwide lose their lives to violence. For every person who dies as a result of violence, many more are injured and suffer from a range of physical, sexual, reproductive and mental health problems. Violence places a massive burden on national economies, costing countries billions of US dollars each year in health care, law enforcement and lost productivity.WHO works with partners to prevent violence through scientifically credible strategies that are conceived and implemented in relation to causes at the levels of the individual, family, community and society.

Violence Prevention Alliance and partners release new publication: Preventing violence: evaluating outcomes of parenting programmes

This new publication seeks to increase understanding of the need for, and the process of, conducting outcome evaluations of parenting programmes in low- and middle-income countries. The result of a collaboration between the University of Cape Town, WHO, UNICEF, and the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance, the guidance is aimed at policy-makers; programme planners and developers; high-level practitioners in government ministries; representatives of nongovernmental and community-based organizations; and donors working in the area of violence prevention. This project and publication was kindly funded by the UBS Optimus Foundation.

Launch of new WHO mortality estimates, including deaths due to violence

WHO has released new regional cause-specific mortality estimates for the years 2011 and 2000. These show that for the year 2011, violence accounted for 1.4 million deaths, compared to 1.6 million due to HIV/AIDS, and 1.3 million due to road traffic crashes. Of the 1.4 million deaths due to violence, 58% were suicides, 36% homicides, and 6% directly due to war. These estimates can be downloaded as Excel files for Global summary, and selected regional groupings.

Launch of new infographic on violence against women

One in three women aged 15-49 years will experience physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. A new infographic, launched jointly by the Departments of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, and Reproductive Health and Research in the context of the 66th World Health Assembly, highlights these numbers alongside facts on the severe health and social consequences of intimate partner and sexual violence. It also outlines what the health sector can do in preventing and responding to violence against women.

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