Violence is a serious public health problem that affects people in all stages of life. Many who survive violence suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives.
Violence is preventable, but its prevention requires an investment of resources, people, leadership, and commitment. Violence has many dimensions and root causes, and no single program can address all the causes of the problem. It is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive solution and participation from multiple sectors and stakeholders. An approach to violence prevention, which builds on a combination of community and systematic action along with a focus on family and individuals, resiliency is necessary.