Safety and Violence
Family physicians frequently find themselves on the front lines when it comes to issues like domestic violence, bullying, rape, and child abuse. As a result, they’re ideally positioned to provide patients with guidance and assistance in accessing important resources and support services.
In fact, family physicians educate communities about a wide range of safe behaviors, and are often instrumental in advancing policies that promote safety and discourage violence. These policies can range from state mandates, such as seatbelt laws and prohibitions against cellphone use while driving, to safety recommendations like gun locks and bicycle helmets.
Reducing risks begins with knowledge and understanding. As trusted health advisors, family physicians are singularly qualified to encourage new patterns of behavior that can improve individual and community safety. The AAFP has documented a number of policies relating to safety and violence issues in an effort to inform and equip family physicians as they serve the needs of their patients.
Joint Statement Urging Government to Act on Public Health Epidemic of Gun Violence - February 16, 2018(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to the House Calling for Bipartisan Gun Violence Solutions - November 21, 2017(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to the Senate Calling for Bipartisan Gun Violence Solutions - November 21, 2017(2 page PDF)
AAFP Statement to the Senate HELP Committee on the Healthy Communities Hearing - November 15, 2017(8 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to FDA on Child-resistant Packaging - October 2, 2017(2 page PDF)
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