Violence is a tragic and often intentional act that can lead to serious injury or death.
Violence can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Violence includes:
- Abuse or neglect of children and youth
- Youth violence and bullying
- Cyberbullying 4
- Gender-based violence and sexual assault
- Intimate partner violence
- Workplace violence
- Violence in sports
- Elder abuse
BCIRPU is working in a number of areas to understand and prevent violence-related injuries and deaths.
Violence can be prevented. The World Health Organization lists four steps to stop violence:5
- Define the problem
- Identify causes and risk factors
- Design and test interventions
- Increase effective interventions
Watch for warning signs, know how to respond to someone disclosing abuse, find the tools to make a safety plan, and know how to get help.
- HelpGuide, Child Abuse and Neglect
- Canadian Red Cross, How to Respond to a Disclosure of Child Abuse or Neglect
- Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence, Government of BC
- Canadian Centre for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
- Government of BC – Keeping Kids Safe
- VictimLinkBC hotline
- US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: Help Young People Grow Up Violence-Free
Violence prevention resources specific for Indigenous peoples:
- KUU-US Crisis Services: The KUU-US Crisis line is available 24/7 to provide support to Indigenous people in BC.
- Vancouver Coastal Health First Nations ReAct (Elder Abuse Response)
- Delegated Aboriginal Agencies in BC
Firearm-related incidents in BC result in large health care and criminal justice system costs to society, according to a new publication by BCIRPU researchers.
costofinjury.ca uses interactive charts and graphs to illustrate the burden of injury in BC.
The training tool will enable law enforcement to make more informed decisions about what to look for and when to seek medical support in a timely manner.
British Columbia experiences high rates of gang violence, much of which is firearm-related.
This project will use several sources of data to better understand how many children and youth suffered a violence-related injury during the pandemic.
The course includes a 45-minute video-based, interactive e-learning course consisting of a series of educational modules and resources, including the voice of a survivor of violence.
Experts are concerned that violence and related injuries are likely to increase during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2013-2017.
2. Data Source: Discharge Abstract Database (DAD), Ministry of Health, BCIRPU Injury Data Online Tool, 2012/13-2016/17.
4. Public Safety Canada. Info Sheet: Cyberbullying. Available from: https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/2015-r038/index-en.aspx
5. World Health Organization. “Violence and Injury Prevention.” Available from: https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/