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New WHO Violence Prevention Information System, an interactive knowledge platform of scientific findings on violence
  1. Stephanie Burrows1,
  2. Alexander Butchart1,
  3. Nadia Butler2,
  4. Zara Quigg2,
  5. Mark A Bellis3,4,
  6. Christopher Mikton5
  1. 1 Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2 Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
  3. 3 College of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Normal Site, Bangor University, Bangor, UK
  4. 4 Directorate of Policy, Research and International Development, Public Health Wales, Wrexham, UK
  5. 5 Independent researcher
  1. Correspondence to Dr Stephanie Burrows, WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, Prevention of Violence Unit, 20 avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; burrowss{at}


Scientific information on violence can be difficult to compile and understand. It is scattered across websites, databases, technical reports and academic journals, and rarely addresses all types of violence. In response, in October 2017 WHO released the Violence Prevention Information System or Violence Info, an online interactive collection of scientific information about the prevalence, consequences, risk factors and preventability of all forms of interpersonal violence. It covers homicide, child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, elder abuse and sexual violence.

  • prevention
  • prevalence
  • consequences
  • risk factors
  • violence
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  • Contributors SB and AB coordinate and manage Violence Info. CM initiated the project, and together with MAB conceptualised it. NB and ZQ were responsible for developing the methodology, and manage ongoing extraction and preparation of data. All authors contributed to the writing and approved the final manuscript. SB is responsible for the overall content as guarantor.

  • Disclaimer SB and AB are staff members of the World Health Organization. They alone are responsible for the views expressed in this update and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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