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Collective violence: war 

Collective violence: war
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Collective violence: war
Author(s):

Barry S. Levy

and Victor W. Sidel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199661756.003.0224
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date: 23 September 2019

Three types of violence—self-directed, interpersonal, and collective—have been defined by the World Health Organization in its efforts to urge public health workers to consider violence prevention as an important public health issue. This chapter deals with collective violence, which includes war and terrorism as well as their health consequences, and suggests public health approaches to prevention of collective violence and promotion of justice and peace. These approaches include the following: conducting research on the health and environmental consequences of collective violence; educating public health workers, the public, and decision-makers on the impact of collective violence on health and environment; intervening to prevent collective violence or to end it; and advocating for changes in attitudes and policies on the public health aspects of collective violence. Public health workers have a responsibility to promote the prevention of collective violence as well as to promote peace and justice. Pre-primary (primordial) prevention consists of removing the underlying causes of armed conflict.

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