Preventing Violence

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the VDH Injury and Violence Prevention Program recognizes that violence is an urgent public health problem.

From infants to the elderly, violence affects people in all stages of life.

Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as, “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.”

VDH is committed to violence prevention work so that everyone can be safe and healthy.