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Violence: a glossary
  1. Alison Rutherford1,
  2. Anthony B Zwi1,
  3. Natalie J Grove1,
  4. Alexander Butchart2
  1. 1School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  2. 2Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Anthony Zwi
 School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; a.zwi{at}unsw.edu.au

Abstract

Violence has been explicitly identified as a significant public health problem. This glossary clarifies widely used definitions and concepts of violence within the public health field, building on those promoted through the 2002 World Report on Violence and Health. We provide definitions and concepts that can be usefully applied to identify points for public health intervention to prevent the social and health impacts of violence.

  • ICD, International Classification of Diseases
  • WRVH, World Report on Violence and Health
  • violence
  • public health
  • prevention and control
  • intentional injury

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Footnotes

  • Competing interests: AZ was co-editor of the World Report on Violence and Health. AB works for the World Health Organization which campaigns and provides technical advice on violence prevention.

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