Why Injury, Violence, and Safety Matter

Nearly 5.6 million people worldwide die from injuries every year. Nearly a third of these deaths are the result of violence such as war, murder, and suicide, while a fourth result from traffic crashes. Additionally, prescription drug overdoses are on a dramatic rise. In most developed nations, including the United States, injuries have become the leading cause of death among young people. Effectively implementing preventative measures and providing efficient emergency response services can drastically reduce high rates of injury-related mortality.

Current Research

We build the scientific understanding of injury and violence – the causes, who is most at risk, and which interventions are most promising – through research and practice collaborations within the Gillings School, across UNC and beyond. UNC is home to the Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), which aims to bring together grow the field of injury and violence prevention through interdisciplinary efforts. The IPRC is currently led by director Steven Marshall, Gillings professor of epidemiology. Researchers at the Gillings School are also ably assisted by our close working relationship with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and many similar agencies around the world. Our work on violence prevention addresses adolescent dating violence and family violence, including partner violence in other cultures and child abuse and neglect in the U.S.  Our researchers are identifying effective ways to reduce rape and assaults against women, including work in Tanzania on the intersections of HIV and violent acts among youth.

Additional Research in the Field of Injury, Violence, and Safety

Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood

Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

Faculty member says high school football is not worth health risk to young players

CDC funds sexual violence study at UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center

Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

Linking maternal mortality files to violent death reporting system reveals more pregnancy-associated suicides, homicides


Highlighted Leaders in the Field