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Health Effects of Violence - Men

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The health effects of violence without question largely affect males. Males account for three-quarters of all victims of homicide [2]. Internationally, males also have higher rates of suicide.

The death rates seen due to violence are different based on income levels of the country of origin - rates of violent death are twice as high in low to middle income countries than for high income countries [2].

Despite the important mortality associated with violence, outcomes are more commonly non-fatal. Serious morbidity includes: non-life threatening injury, mental health problems, reproductive health problems, and sexually transmitted diseases [2].


As a physician you will have opportunity to talk with people about risk reduction - how will you talk with boys and men about injury and violence prevention ? For each of the scenarios below list the opportunities for discussion and key points for each age/stage in life.


You are seeing a young boy with his mother for a summer camp physical.


An adolescent male comes in for treatment of acne.


A father brings his son to you for a well-baby check.


You are seeing a middle aged man in emerg for a knee injury sustained while playing soccer.


You are seeing a newly retired man for vague complaints that you think may be difficulty adjusting to retirement.


2. WHO (2002). World report on violence and health: summary. Geneva, World Health Organization.

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