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Violence as a public health issue

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 163

David McDonald
ISBN 0 642 24169 4 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, July 2000


Interpersonal violence is widely accepted as a public health problem, rather than being seen mainly as a matter for the criminal justice system. This paper points out the importance of a rigorous focus on the well being of populations, and public health's use of population wide data to aid understanding of the problems and identifying solutions. In this way, public health can make a valuable contribution to violence prevention and cover a much broader spectrum than the criminal justice system can alone.