Violence as a Health Issue

Violence is like an epidemic disease … and it can be effectively prevented using health methods.

Violence Is Contagious — Like an Epidemic Disease

Exposure to violence has been scientifically shown to increase a person’s risk of adopting violent behavior themselves, meaning that violent behavior transmits and spreads based on exposure – just like an epidemic disease.

Health Approaches Work

Public health has a long track record of managing epidemics and changing behaviors.  Public health methods have been extremely successful in reducing violence in communities around the world.

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