Violence and injuries

Violence and unintentional injuries cause a significant amount of deaths, human suffering and disability in the WHO European Region every year, accounting for almost 550 000 deaths (6.1% of all deaths) and 10.5% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2011. Injury and violence remain the leading causes of death in young people aged 5-49 years in the Region. To reduce the burden of violence and unintentional injury, WHO/Europe advocates the use of a public health approach.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: alarmingly high rates of abuse in residential facilities

On 15 June 2018, countries will mark the 13th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Elder abuse takes many forms, including psychological, physical, financial and sexual abuse as well as neglect.

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of all deaths from violence and unintentional injuries are caused by self-harm, road traffic injuries and falls in the WHO European Region.

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