T06P03 - Violence Prevention Policy and Practices

Topic : Policy Implementation

Panel Chair : Zigmond Kozicki - zigpsych@sbcglobal.net

Panel Second Chair : Stephanie Baiyasi-Kozicki - stephaniebaiyasi@yahoo.com

Objectives and Scientific Relevance of the panel

Preventing violence involves policies that combine public health and public safety. The prevention of violence can involve different methods. There are seven methods accepted by experts as providing evidence that policy makers should consider (Who, 2010). These seven methods include: 1.Developing safe, stable and nurturing relationships between children and their parents and caregivers; 2. Developing life skills in children and adolescents; 3. Reducing the availability and harmful use of alcohol; 4. Reducing access to guns, knives and pesticides; 5. Promoting gender equality to prevent violence against women; 6. Changing cultural and social norms that support violence; 7. Victim identification, care and support programs.

Call for papers

The Violence Prevention Panel seeks to enable presenters to provide examples of how any and all of these seven violence prevention approaches have been implemented and the results. Presenters will be encouraged to share their information in both written and oral reports. The panel will demonstrate that violence prevention is possible and to encourage policy makers to adopt strategies to reduce violence in their populations. Violence will be considered as being a public health and public safety issue.

Violence takes many forms, including intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child maltreatment, bullying, suicidal behavior, and elder abuse and neglect. These forms of violence are interconnected and often share the same root causes. They can also all take place under one roof, or in a given community or neighborhood and can happen at the same time or at different stages of life (Butchart et al., 2004 & Klevens et al. 2012). Understanding the overlapping causes of violence and the things that can protect people and communities from violence is an objective of this panel. The panel can demonstrate that it is important to address violence in all its forms.


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