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From the World Health Organization
October 2, 2002

Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach

JAMA. 2002;288(13):1580. doi:10.1001/jama.288.13.1580

People often feel helpless against violence, viewing it as an inevitable part of the human experience. Although it springs at us from news headlines every day, violence can also weave a web of silence, shame, and despair that prevents people from speaking out and taking action. Millions suffer in the silence of their homes. For many, the silence kills.

There is no safe haven from violence. It invades our communities, our streets, our work places, our schools, and even our homes. Perpetrators of violence are often the people we should be able to trust the most: caretakers, parents, spouses, and even children. Fear, intimidation, and the belief that nothing will change have prevented us from taking a unified stand against violence for too long.