World Report on Violence and Health

By Ferris, Lorraine E. | Canadian Journal of Public Health, November/December 2002 | Go to article overview

World Report on Violence and Health


Ferris, Lorraine E., Canadian Journal of Public Health


BOOK REVIEW

World Report on Violence and Health

Edited by Etienne G. Krug, Linda L. Dahlberg, James A. Mercy, Anthony Zwi and Rafael Lozano. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2002

This World Report will likely cause readers to think seriously about taking action against global violence. The hook is not only in the horrifying statistical profile of violence, but in the evidence-based approach that convinces readers that reducing global violence is possible. The Report brings together academics and practitioners working in public health and asks them to create as seamless a link as possible between research findings, interventions/policy responses, and recommendations/action plans to eradicate world violence. Although the World Report states that eradication is possible, the magnitude and impact of violence, key risk factors, and the effectiveness of various interventions and policy responses do not fill readers with confidence that we can wipe out global violence. Potential readers should not allow such cliches as eradication of violence to turn them away from reading this document - the report presents a scientific and practical approach that, if implemented and appropriately supported structurally and financially, will likely significantly reduce global violence.

This World Report is peer-reviewed with each chapter undergoing an assessment of its scientific merit and its relevance to the specific culture(s). …

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