Means of Violence - A Workshop
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Violence is a major public health and safety issue around the world. In 2011, suicide and homicide respectively accounted for 798,000 and 486,000 lives lost (WHO, 2014). While violence affects all communities, the means through which violence, both self-directed and interpersonal, is committed vary by nation, culture, and often by circumstances of convenience. Individuals who survive violent victimization through lethal means often experience physical and emotional disabilities and other chronic health conditions. Individuals who are exposed to violence through lethal means within their families or their communities often experience significant emotional distress and trauma, lost productivity, increased risk-taking behaviors, and can be at greater risk for perpetrating or becoming a victim of violence in the future.
The Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention will convene a workshop on December 18-19, 2014 focusing on the means or methods used to commit self-directed and interpersonal violent acts that result in life-threatening events or death, including firearms, pesticides, and other lethal means. The workshop will explore variations in the global characteristics, contexts, and social determinants of the lethal means of violence and synergistic opportunities to utilize and apply the similarities in effective approaches to restricting access and addressing the demand. Other issues for illumination include youth possession and acquisition of lethal means; the relationship between alcohol, lethal means and violence; the roles of technology for prevention or mitigation of violence committed through lethal means; and the identification of the value of partnerships among multiple sectors and stakeholders to prevent or reduce violence committed by lethal means.
This is an activity of the IOM’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention, which was formed in 2010. It is a multisectoral group of stakeholders who are committed to reducing violence and promoting healthy development worldwide by encouraging multidisciplinary research that emphasizes the value of prevention through a public health approach. An appointed committee, supported by the staff of the Forum on Global Violence Prevention, 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. An individually-authored summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.
The workshop will be free and open to the public; space is limited and registration is required. The workshop will also be globally webcast.