Public health policy for preventing violence.

  title={Public health policy for preventing violence.},
  author={James A Mercy and Mark L. Rosenberg and Kenneth E. Powell and Claire V. Broome and William L. Roper},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={12 4},
The current epidemic of violence in America threatens not only our physical health but also the integrity of basic social institutions such as the family, the communities in which we live, and our health care system. Public health brings a new vision of how Americans can work together to prevent violence. This new vision places emphasis on preventing violence before it occurs, making science integral to identifying effective policies and programs, and integrating the efforts of diverse… 

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