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10 facts on violence prevention

Maria Do Rosario Racoes (right), United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Head of the Vulnerable Persons Unit of UN Police in Dili, talking to a victim of rape and witness of a murder (2007).
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The health impact of violence is not limited to physical injury

Long-term effects can include depression, mental disorders, suicide attempts, chronic pain syndromes, unwanted pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. Children who are victims of violence have a higher risk of alcohol and drug misuse, smoking, and high-risk sexual behaviour. This may lead, even decades later, to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer and sexually-transmitted infections.

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