The role of public health in the prevention of violence- a statement from the Faculty of public Health

The faculty of public health launched a paper today on the role  of public health in reducing violence. According to the report, public health professionals can help break the cycle of violence in families and communities. President John Middleton, who co-authored the paper, said: “By working in partnership with other agencies and sharing information it can minimise the risk of child abuse, domestic violence and attacks in the street or flash points such as the pub”. He further added that, “we can both break the cycle of violence and help change attitudes so it is seen as unacceptable.”

The document compares violence to an infectious disease that is passed from one generation to the next and between communities.

The role of public health in the prevention of violence: a statement from the United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health sets out the public health approach to violence prevention which involves:

  • measuring violence-related health needs
  • identifying the root causes and possible solutions
  • making the case for effective interventions and building partnerships to prevent or reduce violence-related harm.

It also considers the profession’s role in ameliorating the impact of terrorism and war. The statement notes that people in the poorest countries are disproportionately affected by the consequences of violence – such as access to food and water and the environmental impact of many conflicts. 

The commonwealth secretariat is specifically working towards preventing violent extremism under the auspice of the 16th Sustainable Development Goal which aims to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

The systems framework for healthy policy equally aims to address violence through its health promotion component by focusing on violence and abuse prevention programmes including alcohol and violence prevention. scalable sfhp