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Edited by E G Krug, L L Dahlberg, J A Mercy, A Zwi, R Lozano. (Pp 340; $US 27; Swiss francs 30, developing countries Swiss francs 15.) Geneva: World Health Organization, 2002. ISBN 92-4-154561-5.
The World Report on Violence and Health is a watershed publication, marking a turning point in violence prevention efforts. It offers a framework to stimulate coordinated preventive action and research across types of violence; to address social, economic, and policy factors that transcend national boundaries; and to pursue violence prevention efforts on a regional or global scale.
The report presents violence as a growing, yet preventable public health problem at a time when the problem of violence is among the priority agenda items of many nations. At the United Nations (UN) meeting on UN Collaboration for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence held in November 2001, the UN recognized the global and widespread impact of interpersonal violence on health, development, human rights, human security, and peace and acknowledged that the multiple and complex causes of interpersonal violence require a …