A new report has been released by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO):
'The report describes the major roles public health and health care services can play in reducing levels of violence across the country alongside their functions in dealing with the impacts of violence on health. The documents contain new figures on the cost of violence, estimating national costs to the NHS of £2.9 billion annually and a wider cost to society of £29.9 billion each year.
The report draws on the latest evidence that many of the key risk factors that make individuals, families and communities vulnerable to violence are changeable. Interventions are now available to reduce violence through improving childhood and by adapting the cultures and environments in which we live, learn and work. The report details:
- The extent and nature of violence
- Its impact on short and long term health and wellbeing, education and antisocial behaviour
- Risk and protective factors for involvement in violence
- The range of evidence based approaches we now have for preventing violence
- Related national policy and programmes'
As recently reported, an e-learning resource - Reducing Violence in your Community: Emergency Department Datasharing - was released alongside an ED Datasharing report and a number of data sharing case studies.
The Department of Health also recently released broader guidance on Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (pdf). It highlights how Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) can reduce violence in their community by encouraging A&Es to collect and share information on time, type and location of assault.