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World report on violence and health outline


The specific objectives of the Report are to describe the magnitude and impact of violence throughout the world; describe the key risk factors for violence; summarize the types of intervention and policy responses that have been tried and what is known about their effectiveness; and make recommendations for action at local, national, and international levels.


The Report examines a broad spectrum of violence including child abuse and neglect by caregivers, youth violence, violence by intimate partners, sexual violence, elder abuse, suicide, and collective violence. One chapter is devoted to each of these seven topics. The Report also includes a statistical annex with country and regional data derived from the WHO Mortality and Morbidity Database and a list of resources for violence prevention.

- WHO Mortality and Morbidity Database

Release of the World report on violence and health

The global release of the Report and an accompanying summary took place on 3 October 2002 in Brussels. The scheduled events were hosted by the Government of Belgium and Dr Brundtland. Other personalities were invited to participate. The global release is being followed by a series of country events. These signify the beginning of a year long Global Campaign on Violence Prevention , involving discussions, debates any many other activities about violence and concrete and practical ways to implement the recommendations of the Report.

- Global Campaign for Violence Prevention

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Financial support

The World report on violence and health was made possible thanks to a large number of collaborators from around the world and financial support from;

- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Rockerfeller Foundation
- Global Forum for Health Research
- California Wellness Foundation

and the Governments of;

- Belgium
- Finland
- Japan
- Sweden
- United Kingdom

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