WHO - Violence and Injury Prevention (VIP)

Violence and injuries are recognised as important public health problems. Prevention efforts require multidisciplinary approaches and a variety of trained professionals, of whom physical therapists are one. Here you will find reports and guidelines to support violence and injury prevention.

WHO's Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability issues regular News Alerts to inform key partners about important new international policy documents and resolutions, WHO publications and other key events in the fields of violence and injury prevention and disability.

Global status report on road safety (2009)

The Global status report on road safety, released in New York on Monday 15 June 2009 provides the first worldwide analysis of how well countries are implementing a number of effective road safety measures.  These include speed limiting, reducing drink-driving, and increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets.



World Report on Child Injury Prevention (2008)

In December 2008 WHO/UNICEF released the first World report on child injury prevention.

Every day more than 2000 children and teenagers die from an injury which could have been prevented. This joint WHO/ UNICEF report is a plea to keep kids safe by promoting evidence-based injury prevention interventions and sustained investment by all sectors. The report presents the current knowledge about the five most important causes of unintentional injury – road traffic injuries, drowning, burns, falls and poisoning – and makes seven recommendations for action.

  • World Health Statistics 2008

The new World Health Statistics 2008 report predicts increases in injuries and violence by 2030.

  • Preventing violence and reducing its impact: how development agencies can help

Targeted towards officials from development assistance agencies, United Nations organisations, governments and nongovernmental organisations, this report, Preventing violence and reducing its impact: how development agencies can help, highlights how the health, psycho-social, and economic consequences of violence impede development.  It urges increased attention to and investment in violence prevention.

  • Violence Prevention Evidence Base and Resources

WHO and Liverpool John Moores University's Centre for Public Health have established an important new web site highlighting what works to prevent violence. Geared towards policy-makers and violence prevention researchers, practitioners and advocates, the website provides information on effective violence prevention programmes in a searchable web-based data base.

Violence prevention: the evidence an eight-part series of briefings on the evidence for interventions to prevent interpersonal and self-directed violence has been launched.

World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention (2004)

The World report on road traffic injury prevention is the first major report being jointly issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank on this subject. It underscores their concern that unsafe road traffic systems are seriously harming global public health and development. It contends that the level of road traffic injury is unacceptable and that it is largely avoidable.





World Report on Violence and Health (2002)

The World report on violence and health is the first comprehensive review of the problem of violence on a global scale – what it is, whom it affects and what can be done about it. Three years in the making, the report benefited from the participation of over 160 experts from around the world, receiving both peer-review from scientists and contributions and comments from representatives of all the world’s regions.



Joint Programme on Workplace Violence in the Health Sector

The "Framework Guidelines for Addressing Workplace Violence in the Health Sector" are intended to support all those responsible for safety in the workplace, be it governments, employers, workers, trade unions, professional bodies or members of the public. The tool will guide you through the complexity of issues to be considered when developing anti-violence policies and strategies for all work-settings in the health sector. These can be adapted to meet local and national needs and constraints.