Violence and Injury Prevention

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.

Special issue of the Journal of Interpersonal Violence to highlight violence against people with disability

The Special Issue will be published in print form in November 2014, but the eight papers included in it and the introduction are already available on Journal of Interpersonal Violence OnlineFirst at: This Special Issue addresses an area that has long been neglected. People with disabilities make up some 15% of the world’s population. Compared to their nondisabled peers, children with disabilities have a threefold increased risk of being victims of violence, while adults with disability have a 50% higher chance of being victims of violence, raising to a threefold increased risk for people with mental health conditions.

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.

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