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Washington: Violence Has Complex, Far-reaching Impacts on Health

A new paper by University of Washington researchers offers a broad, updated look at the interrelated impacts of violence on physical and mental health across age groups, from infants to elderly people.

The authors compiled recent compelling findings about health effects of child abuse, bullying, youth violence, adult interpersonal violence, and elder abuse, among others. The paper was published Oct. 7 in Health Affairs. Its authors represent the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program, based at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Lead author Dr. Fred Rivara is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health. Co-author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study of Violence and an associate professor of epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health. The research team also included several doctoral candidates from the School.

“Violence has important consequences for physical and mental health. These consequences vary with the type of violence and age, but all of them can be severe, debilitating and lifelong,” Dr. Rivara said. “The findings of our review point out the need to both treat the victims of violence and prevent these types of violence from occurring in the first place.”

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