Violence and Injury Prevention

Each year an estimated 200 000 young people aged 10–29 years are murdered, making homicide the fourth leading cause of death for this age group. Millions more sustain violence-related injuries that require emergency medical treatment, and countless others go on to develop mental health problems and adopt high-risk behaviours such as smoking and alcohol and drug abuse as a result of the violence they experience. Preventing youth violence: an overview of the evidence aims to help policy-makers and planners – particularly in settings with limited human and financial resources – to address youth violence using an evidence-informed approach.

Global status report on violence prevention 2014

Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Global status report on violence prevention 2014 reflects data from 133 countries and is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. The Global status report on violence prevention 2014 calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes in all countries.

Prevent Violence Evidence Base and Resources

Prevent Violence Evidence Base updated with studies from 2014 and now with 584 abstracts from across the world.

Toolkit on mapping legal, health and social services responses to child maltreatment

Published by WHO, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of New Hampshire, this toolkit provides academics and decision-makers with strategies for conducting national or regional studies of the incidence of and agency response to child maltreatment.

Violence prevention topics

Featured publications and resources


  • 28 May 2015

    Expert meeting on standards of evidence for the global information system on violence prevention hosted by WHO

    On 27-28 May some 25 experts in research methodology and data synthesis from around the world met to discuss developing standards of evidence for a global information system on violence prevention currently under development by WHO and partners. In addition to WHO, institutions represented include the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and the World Bank and universities in Brazil, Canada, South Africa, the UK and the US.

  • 24 May 2015

    Global status report on violence prevention 2014 focus of national policy discussions

    In a move to continue to highlight the findings and recommendations of the GSRVP 2014, and spur national action on what works to prevent violence, WHO is supporting hosting of a series of national policy discussions focused on the report. PAHO/WHO AMRO has hosted two such gatherings to date, one in Ecuador on 27 March jointly prepared with UN Women and another in Guatemala on 24 May.