Violence and Injury Prevention

INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children


Over the past year, up to one billion children have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. One in four children suffer physical abuse, and nearly one in five girls is sexually abused at least once in their lives. WHO in collaboration with a number of partners, launched a technical package containing seven interlinked strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. The initiative, launched with the support of the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, aims to help countries to achieve the SDGs, in particular SDG target 16.2 to "end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children", and implementation of World Health Assembly resolution WHA69.5 on the WHO global plan of action to address interpersonal violence.

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.

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Featured publications and resources


  • 14 October 2016

    WHO convenes partners to further implementation of strategies for ending violence against children

    On 13-14 October, violence prevention experts from 24 civil society organizations, five UN organizations; and three governments met in Geneva to discuss plans for supporting country- and community-level implementation of INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children.

  • 21 September 2016

    Government of Finland hosts Safety 2016 in Tampere, Finland

    The conference, which convened around 1200 of the world’s leading researchers, practitioners and advocates in the field of violence and injury prevention under the theme “From research to implementation”, focused on the idea that preventing violence and injuries will further attainment of the SDGs.