Violence and unintentional injury

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention

Supporting evidence-based violence prevention at local to global levels through original research, intelligence, evidence review and intervention evaluation.

The Public Health Institute is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention. We work within the UK and internationally to support effective violence prevention by helping partners understand the burden and impacts of violence, identify at-risk groups, choose appropriate preventive measures and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.

We adopt an applied approach to violence prevention that provides the broad range of knowledge, skills, resources and evidence that organisations need to assess and address violence. This includes the development of intelligence systems providing multi-agency data on violence; original research among diverse population groups to strengthen understanding of the drivers and consequences of violence; systematic literature reviews to provide the most up to date knowledge of effective prevention; and intervention evaluations.

The collaboration with WHO has included the publication of a range of evidence reviews covering issues including knife violence, elder maltreatment and violence against individuals with disabilities. The Public Health Institute has specialist expertise in youth and alcohol-related violence, including that in nightlife environments.


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Further information:


Hughes K., Bellis M., Hardcastle K., Butchart A., Dahlberg L., Mercy J., Mikton C., 2014. Global development and diffusion of outcome evaluation research for interpersonal and self-directed violence prevention from 2007 to 2013: A systematic review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, early online, in press.

Quigg Z., Hughes K., Bellis M., van Hasselt N., Calafat A., Kosir M., Duch M., Juan M., Voorham L, Goossens F., 2014. Incidents of harm in European drinking environments and relationships with venue and customer characteristics.The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research.

Bellis M., Hughes K., Leckenby N., Hardcastle K., Perkins C., Lowey H. 2014. Measuring mortality and the burden of adult disease associated with adverse childhood experiences in England: a national survey. Journal of Public Health, published online.

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The mental health needs of gang-affiliated young people
Professor Karen Hughes, Katie Hardcastle, Clare Perkins

Evaluation of the Stand Against Violence Workshop
Madeleine Cochrane, Ellie McCoy, Hannah Timpson, Jim McVeigh

A short guide to using health data to inform local violence prevention
Sara Wood, Dr Katharine Ford, Zara Quigg, Professor Karen Hughes

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Prevent Violence
A violence prevention resource for policy makers, practitioners and others working to tackle and prevent violence.

Violence Indicator Profiles for the English Regions (VIPER)
The Violence Intelligence Profiles for England Resource has been developed to enable access to local level data on violence to help local partners identify and monitor the impact of violence in their area and to support violence prevention. For assistance using this tool or for more information please contact the PHE Knowledge and Intelligence Team (North West) on 0151 231 4535.

TIIG Interactive Maps
Interactive Maps tool which accompanies the TIIG themed reports.

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STOP-SV: Staff training on prevention of sexual violence

Among the aims of the STOP-SV project is to explore and appraise the conditions that facilitate and/or promote sexual harassment and sexual violence in the night-time environments. Find out more about the project.

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