The Evidence for Violence Prevention Across the Lifespan and Around the World - Workshop Summary


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Evidence shows that violence is not inevitable, but rather can be prevented through approaches that have demonstrated measureable effects in the reduction of violence. Successful and promising violence prevention programs exist that target different types of violence, including self-directed, interpersonal, and collective violence; however, the existing evidence base does not necessarily inform practice or policy making. Furthermore, gaps in the evidence base exist, particularly in the context of interventions in low- and middle-income countries.

On January 23-24, 2013, the IOM Forum on Global Violence Prevention held a workshop to explore the value and application of the evidence for violence prevention across the lifespan and around the world. The workshop examined how the evidence for violence prevention can be expanded, disseminated, and implemented in ways that further the ultimate goals of improved individual well-being and safer communities. Building off of previous work of the forum, this workshop was an opportunity to engage in a more comprehensive discussion of the value of evidenced-based violence prevention programs. This document summarizes the workshop.