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UK Violence and Injury Prevention Focal Point

The 49th World Health Assembly (1996) declared violence a major and increasing public health problem across the world and urged member states to prioritise violence prevention. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the World Report on Violence and Health and initiated a major programme to support and develop violence prevention work globally.

As part of the WHO violence prevention programme, each member state has been asked to designate a national Focal Point for violence prevention. The network of national Focal Points works with WHO to promote violence prevention at national and international levels, develop capacity for violence prevention, and share evidence on effective violence prevention practice and policy.

The role of UK Focal Point for violence and injury prevention is undertaken by Professor Mark Bellis, working in partnership with the Regional Director of Public Health for the North West (Professor Ruth Hussey) and the North West Regional Director of the Health Protection Agency (Professor Qutub Syed). Professor Bellis is the Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention, and Director of the North West Public Health Observatory.

This section of the website is being developed to provide a resource for UK-based professionals working in violence and injury prevention. It will provide access to data, publications, policy documents and other resources to facilitate violence and injury prevention.