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 530 000 deaths (5.7% of all deaths) and 9.4% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in 2015. 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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Violence against children: tackling hidden abuse

Each year, at least 55 million children experience some form of violence in the WHO European Region, including physical, sexual, emotional and psychological violence. Despite the magnitude of this figure, it is well established that incidents of interpersonal violence are widely underreported.

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Best practices for urban and rural speed limits

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Video – Prevent child abuse and neglect

Data and statistics

53%

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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