Violence is behaviour causing harm by the use of force. The World Health Organization (WHO) divides violence into three-sub types which include self-directed violence, interpersonal violence and collective violence. Exposure to violence can have a lasting impact on a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. Violence has been linked to an increased risk of substance abuse, mental illness, as well as chronic and infectious diseases.
PHO Rounds: Improving Our Community Environments for Health
There are opportunities for improving the health of our populations, including the most vulnerable in our communities such as seniors and those impacted by inequities, through policy and environmental approaches to NCDs.