Public Health Crisis

Violence Is a Cyclical Contagious Disease

#1 Cause of Death

Homicide is the #1 cause of death for Detroit residents ages 15-34

Advances in Research

Research advances in trauma have improved our management of the injured patient during their hospital stay but do nothing to keep them from returning with a recurrent injury after being treated and discharged.

Re-Injury

Recurrent injury rates have been reported to be as high as 30-44% at several trauma centers. Once someone has been treated for an assault injury, repeat injury will typically occur within 2 years

Violence is a Disease

The 5 Ps of Violence

Violence is a Predictable Pathological disease that results in Premature injury and death and has thus become a Public Health epidemic. Fortunately, it is PREVENTABLE.

  1. PREMATURE
  2. PREDICTABLE
  3. PATHOLOGIC
  4. PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEM
  5. PREVENTABLE 

Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs have emerged as effective strategies to prevent violence re-injury and retaliation