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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Violence prevention

Violence is a major public health problem in the United States, accounting for approximately 51,000 deaths annually. Most intentional injuries and deaths are caused through suicide, homicide, or assault; domestic abuse accounts for a substantial number of these methods. All forms of violence can cause death however, those who survive carry scars, both physical and emotional, which can affect them throughout life. Violence prevention is an important public health priority for our area.

Safer communities also lead to increased activities for healthy eating and active living that are important to chronic disease prevention. Communities that don't feel safe are less likely to be able to take advantage of investments such as community parks and healthy outdoor activities. Preventing violence is a major piece in reducing the current inequalities that exist in health and safety.
...(Prevention Institute, May 12, 2011)

Violence prevention topics
Domestic violence
Gun violence
Homicide and assault
Human trafficking
Suicide prevention

In the United States...homicide claimed 16,259 lives in 2010 and suicide claimed 38,364 lives – accounting for 30% of all injury-related deaths in the US.
...(CDC Violence and Injury Prevention, Injury Data Reports, 2012)

In Washington...approximately 29% (1,125) of injury deaths were the result of homicide or suicide in 2010. Suicide claimed the lives of 947 people; homicide claimed the lives of 178.
...(Washington Department of Health, Injury Data Tables by Age, 2012)

In King County...31% (274) of injury deaths were due to homicide or suicide in 2010; during this same period, assault and attempted suicide accounted for 1,253 non-fatal injury hospitalizations, 13% of all non-fatal injury hospitalizations in King County.
...(Washington Department of Health, Injury Data Tables by Age, 2012)

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Principles of Prevention
Training to learn more about the public health approach to violence prevention.

Dating Matters
Training to learn more about teen dating violence and prevention tools.