The Contagion of Violence - A Workshop

When: April 30, 2012 - May 1, 2012 (8:50 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Global Health, Children and Families, Substance Use and Mental Health
Activity: Forum on Global Violence Prevention
Boards: Board on Global Health, Board on Children, Youth, and Families

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The contagion of violence is a universal phenomenon, occurring at all levels of society and affecting a broad spectrum of individuals. It occurs globally, within all societies, and is transmitted through interpersonal relationships, families, peer-groups, neighborhoods, and cultures. As the body of violence prevention evidence grows, several characteristics of violence are emerging: 1) patterns of violence are often cyclical, much like disease epidemics, 2) violent acts co-occur with (and sometimes directly cause) other violent acts, 3) exposure to violence normalizes the use of violence as a response, 4) violence can be prevented, and the transmission of violence can be interrupted.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) will convene a 2-day workshop to explore the contagion of violence and how it can be prevented and eventually ended. The workshop will emphasize the challenge in low- and middle-income countries, where the burden of violence is the greatest.

The public workshop will be organized and conducted by an ad hoc committee to examine 1) the contagious nature of violence, 2) the relationship between the contagion of violence and epidemics of violence, and 3) how contagions of violence can be prevented or ended.

The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. Experts will be drawn from the public and private sectors as well as from academic organizations to allow for multi-lateral, evidence-based discussions. Following the conclusion of the workshop, an individually-authored summary of the event will be prepared by a designated rapporteur.

The workshop was free and open to the public. PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings of the presentations can be found in the links on the right side of this page and are also in the PDF of the agenda.

The workshop summary can be viewed online for free here.

To view a perspective on Elder Abuse and the Contagion of Violence by Forum Member XinQi Dong, click here.

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