Category Archives: Violence Prevention

EUROPE: CHILD MALTREATMENT: ACTION PLAN FOR WHO– EUROPE

On 17 September 2014 the 64th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a resolution to implement the European child maltreatment prevention action plan 2015–2020.

 

WORLD: 67TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS HISTORIC RESOLUTION “STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF THE HEALTH SYSTEM IN ADDRESSING VIOLENCE, IN PARTICULAR AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS, AND AGAINST CHILDREN”

On 24 May 2014, the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a historic resolution entitled “Strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children”.

Among other tasks, the resolution calls on WHO to prepare its first ever global plan of action on strengthening the role of the health system in addressing interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children, which WHO is invited to present through the Executive Board to the 69th WHA in 2016. 

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish Government states “ Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly”.

The Strategy mentions a series of priorities including ‘Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime’ and ‘Reducing the damaging impacts of drug and alcohol problems’.

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

WIDER DEFINITION FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ABUSE

Countries covered: England and Wales
Years: 2013

The government has announced that the definition of domestic violence will be widened to include those aged 16-17 and wording to reflect coercive control. The decision follows a Government consultation which saw respondents call overwhelmingly for this change.

NEW POWERS TO PROTECT ADULT VICTIMS OF SUSPECTED ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

It has been announced that new powers to protect adults suspected of being victims of abuse are to be proposed in Wales.

WELSH GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN AGAINST DOMESTIC ABUSE

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2013

Live Fear Free is the latest part of the Welsh Government’s six-year strategy aimed at ending violence against women in Wales.

CONSULTATION ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCLOSURE SCHEME

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 
2011

The Home Office has launched a consultation asking whether the protection of victims of domestic violence can be improved by the establishment of a national domestic violence disclosure scheme and, if so, how such a scheme could work in practice.

TOGETHER WE CAN END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS STRATEGY

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date:
 2010

The Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy signals a new focus on preventing violence from happening. From 2011, preventing violence in relationships w ill be included in personal, social, health and economic education in schools. This w ill ensure that attitudes w hich condone and perpetuate violence against women are addressed before they become entrenched in young people.

NEW STRATEGY TO ENSURE THAT ALL WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE ‘THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE’

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2010

‘The Right to be Safe’ Violence Against Women Strategy is an integrated strategy and implementation plan that will address all forms of violence against women in Wales, extending beyond domestic abuse to tackle issues such as honour based violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

DOCTORS MUST REPORT KNIFE INJURIES TO POLICE UNDER NEW GMC GUIDANCE

Countries Covered: Great Britain
Date:
 2009

Doctors should report knife injuries to the police despite the general obligation to keep patients’ information confidential, says new guidance from the General Medical Council. Currently doctors are required to report gunshot wounds to police, but the revised guidance, which comes into force on 12 October, requires them for the first time also to report attacks with a knife, blade, or sharp instrument, whether the patient is an adult or a child.

SAVING LIVES. REDUCING HARM. PROTECTING THE PUBLIC. AN ACTION PLAN FOR TACKLING VIOLENCE 2008 – 2011

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2008

This plan sets out a range of actions that the Government will be driving forward to reduce priority crime types, including gun and gang-related crime; knife crime; and sexual and domestic violence. Serious violence covers a wide range of offences, including homicide and serious wounding, offences involving weapons, domestic violence, hate crime and serious sexual offences including rape.

YOUTH CRIME ACTION PLAN 2008

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2008

The youth crime action plan is a comprehensive, cross-government analysis of what the government is going to do to tackle youth crime.  It sets out a ‘triple track’ approach of enforcement and punishment where behaviour is unacceptable, non-negotiable support and challenge where it is most needed, and better and earlier prevention.

VIOLENCE REDUCTION UNIT STRATEGIC PLAN

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2007

The Violence Reduction Unit Strategic Plan is intended to serve as a framework for securing support and approval and to instigate detailed planning. By explaining their aspirations for Scotland, they hope to encourage and motivate others to become involved in making Scotland a place where violence is considered an aberration, where children, young people and adults no longer face the challenges that interpersonal violence presents in 2007.