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NCJ Number: 140338 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in America: A Public Health Approach
Editor(s): M L Rosenberg; M A Fenley
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 211
Sponsoring Agency: Oxford University Press, Inc
New York, NY 10016
Publication Number: ISBN 0-19-506437-2
Sale Source: Oxford University Press, Inc
198 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In examining child, spouse, and elder abuse, as well as assaultive violence and homicide, internationally known experts look at key epidemiological issues, causal and risk factors, outcomes, and interventions.
Abstract: One-third of all fatal injuries in the United States result from intentional injuries or violence. Public health officials have compared violence to such previous epidemics as smallpox, tuberculosis, and syphilis. Redefining the unacceptability of interpersonal violence represents a major step in enlisting the public health structure to change social norms. In addition, surveillance is essential if there is to be a concerted effort to control violence, and violence needs to be understood in its broad context. Public health departments can put violence into the mainstream of public health, be involved in problem definition, educate politicians and others to change current practices and laws, educate children through the development of appropriate curricula, and develop intervention strategies and evaluate their impact. Public health status objectives related to violence are identified for the year 2000. An interdisciplinary approach to violence is suggested that involves professionals from the fields of sociology, criminology, economics, law, public policy, psychology, anthropology, and public health. Specific attention is paid to assault, child sexual abuse, rape and other forms of sexual assault, spouse abuse, violence against the elderly, and suicide. References and figures
Main Term(s): Violence
Index Term(s): Abusing spouses; Child abuse; Domestic assault; Elder Abuse; Homicide; Rape; Sexual assault; Suicide; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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