Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy

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Peter D. Donnelly, Catherine L. Ward
Oxford University Press, 2015 - Medical - 335 pages
Provides an extensive global account of the global mortality and morbidity burden caused by violence through examining the causes of violence, and what can be done to prevent and reduce violence. Violence has always been, and is to this day, a primary cause of tension and suffering the world over. More than half a million people are murdered each year around the world, making homicide the leading cause of death among people aged 15-44. The Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention brings together an international team of experts to provide an extensive global account of the mortality and morbidity burden caused by violence. It does this by examining the causes of violence, and what can be done to prevent and reduce violence. Divided into six sections, the textbook analyses how a public health approach can help to prevent violence. This multidisciplinary book tackles interpersonal violence in all its forms. Early chapters describe epidemiology and consequences, followed by chapters that present the current state of the evidence in interventions. Policies for violence reduction are discussed, and finally recommendations are made for researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers. The Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention is an essential resource for anyone involved in seeking to reduce the role of violence in modern society.

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Section 2 The descriptive epidemiology of violence
Section 3 The consequences of violence
Section 4 Evidenceinformed programmes to reduce violence
Section 5 National and international policies to reduce violence
Section 6 Challenges and priorities for researchers practitioners and policymakers

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Peter D. Donnelly, Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK,Catherine L. Ward,Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, and Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town, South Africa

A graduate of Edinburgh Medical School, Peter Donnelly joined the University of St Andrews as Professor of Public Health Medicine in 2008. His research focus is on two areas, violence reduction and the evaluating gang member rehabilitation initiative in Glasgow, conducting pilot studies of technology aimed at reducing alcohol related violence and exploring sports event related domestic abuse.

Peter's other area of interest is in Health Systems; their organisation, funding, governance and accountability and how they can be optimised to maximise patient benefit and to reduce health inequalities. He chairs the steering group of the Scottish clinical leadership development program and is a member of the NHS Scotland leadership board.

He is a member of the technical board of the New York based Milbank Memorial Fund and is on the steering group of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance. From 2004 -2008 he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government.

Catherine L. Ward is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina, USA. Her research interests are in violence prevention from the perspective of children's development, and particularly in public health approaches to this.

Cathy serves on the Steering Committee of the University of Cape Town's Safety and Violence Initiative, an interdisciplinary research initiative that seeks to understand violence and promote safety. The Safety and Violence Initiative is a member of the World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), and Cathy herself co-leads the VPA Parenting Project Group with Christopher Mikton from WHO and Theresa Kilbane from UNICEF. In addition, she is on the Editorial Boards for the South African Crime Quarterly, Psychosocial Interventions, and Child Abuse and Neglect journals.

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