Violence as a Public Health Concern

The American Academy of Family Physicians recognizes violence as a major public health concern. Members are best able to adequately counsel patients when they are aware of the various manifestations of violence (including sexual violence), both risk and protective factors related to violence and of available services for survivors of violence in their community.

Experts suggest that violence is related to a plethora of environmental factors including pervasive media images that violent responses are acceptable means of addressing problems. Another factor is the remarkable availability of handguns and ammunition. The Academy believes it is important to address these factors by supporting the efforts of those attempting to reduce the level of all violence and encouraging members to become actively involved with such activities. (1987) (2011 COD)