The severity of the effect of violence on the health of a community makes it a public health issue.  This not only affects the many victims of violence, but also communities that suffer from the exposure to violence.  Therefore, every health department should assess the violence in their communities and implement an appropriate program to address the needs of the community.

Steps for every health department:

  1. Assessment and analysis of violent injury data to provide improved public health information related to violence and the responses needed.
  2. Implement epidemic control programs to prevent fatal events and the spread of violence (Cure Violence is one model and example, but there are others as well).

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