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.
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 updated with studies from 2014 and now with 584 abstracts from across the world.
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
- Child maltreatment
- Intimate partner and sexual violence
- Elder maltreatment
- Collective violence
- Youth violence
- Self-directed violence
Featured publications and resources
18 November 2015
On 17-18 November 2015 in Washington DC, WHO, with logistic and technical support from PAHO, convened experts to agree on the contents and format of an evidence-based technical package for the prevention of violence against children.
1 October 2015
On 1 October 2015 health leaders from across the Americas pledged to take collective action to tackle violence against women. Delegates to PAHO’s 54th Directing Council approved the strategy and plan of action on strengthening the health system to address violence against women.
23 September 2015
From 22-23 September 2015, WHO hosted the 7th Milestones in a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting, convening some 200 of the world's leading violence prevention experts.