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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WHO gives evidence at Turkish parliamentary hearing on child maltreatment

30 members of Parliament and advisors were present at a hearing on child maltreatment at the Turkish Parliament on 22 June 2016. The Parliamentary Commission on Child Abuse had been called to investigate all forms of child abuse with a focus on sexual abuse and to advise lawmakers on countermeasures.

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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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