Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

Council of Europe issues resolution on Preventing everyday violence in Europe

In Oslo, Norway from 7-9 November 2004 the Council of Europe and the Norwegian Ministry of Justice hosted the Ad Hoc Conference of European Ministers responsible for the prevention of violence in everday life. The conference was organized to draw lessons from a three-year violence prevention project conducted by the Council of Europe and its Member States. The meeting was chaired by the Norwegian Minister of Justice and the Police, Mr Odd Einar Dorum, and was attended by about 200 participants from the Council's Member States. Delegations were headed by Ministers of Justice or their representatives and comprised mainly senior officials from justice and the police. In his opening address, the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mr Kjell Magne Bondevik, made a strong case for a multi-sectoral approach to violence prevention including a role for public health emphasizing primary prevention. Mrs Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Mr Jean-Pierre Titz, Project Leader, presented the conclusions of the project, the draft Resolution and the "12 principles" for better violence prevention programs in Europe elaborated from this experience. Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO's Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, then presented the World report on violence and health, linking the report's recommendations to the 12 principles. The presentation and the public health model it contains were very well received as the model provides a framework for describing violence and its consequences and the many responses available to prevent violence and address its consequences.