166946 Violence: Policy, prevention and intervention

Monday, November 5, 2007: 1:30 PM

David Hemenway, PhD , Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Efforts to prevent interpersonal violence leading to injury have focused on the population and the individual, but the problem continues to be a major cause of mortality and morbidity, as well as community disruption. The Virginia Tech shootings provide an example of how the interplay of various policy realms failed to prevent a tragedy from occurring. This presentation will focus on the relationship between policy strategies and violence prevention and intervention, and will highlight barriers to the development and implementation of policies that may be effective in decreasing interpersonal violence. The effect of policies on the community and individual will be considered.

Learning Objectives:
Discuss key policy issues in the area of violence prevention and intervention; Identify key policy interventions in the prevention of and intervention for violence.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No
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I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.