Big progress in preventing interpersonal violence

WHO Press Release / New WHO report:

Published on HREA Human Rights Education Associates, July 18, 2007.

GENEVA – Governments around the world are taking new and stronger measures to quell interpersonal violence and its life-long health consequences, a new WHO report shows. This week in Scotland, 200 of the world’s leading experts in preventing violence gather for “Milestones 2007″, to assess the advances that have been made, identify strategies for further expanding these, and advocate for increased investment by international development partners.

In the context of Milestones 2007, the World Health Organisation WHO report documents progress in countries since 2002. Some key national achievements are:

  • Brazil has published its first national report on violence and health and has completed a national inventory of over 300 violence prevention programmes;
  • Malaysia has released its first national report on violence and health, developed one-stop crisis centres for victims of child maltreatment, and created services for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence in all government hospitals throughout the country;
  • Mexico has published its first national report on violence and health and established within the Ministry of Health a national centre for the prevention of violence and injuries;
  • Mozambique has developed surveillance systems recording details of violence-related deaths and injuries and has assessed the number and quality of medico-legal services for victims of sexual violence;
  • The United Kingdom has published its first national report on violence and health, created the Violence Reduction Unit within the Scottish Executive, and has promoted the work of the Cardiff Violence Crime Task Group as a model for community safety partnerships nationwide.

“With an improved understanding about what works to prevent violence in families and communities, the violence prevention field has reached a critical turning point,” notes Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. “Milestones 2007 is an opportunity to draw lessons from the good work being done in many countries and define ways to scale up implementation in countries around the world.” (full text).

The full report can be downloaded at: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2007/9789241595476_eng.pdf
(PDF, 2.1 Mb)

For further information, please contact: Laura Sminkey, Technical Officer, WHO, Tel.: +41 22 791 4547, Mobile: +41 79 249 3520

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