Preventing crime and violence

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6988.1198a (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1198

A population approach is needed

  1. Shelley Rifkin,
  2. Anthony Zwi
  1. Research fellow Senior lecturer Department of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT

    EDITOR,—Violence continues to be a cause of substantial ill health and emerging debate.1 2 The incidence of reported violent crime is increasing1 and results not only in appreciable mortality and morbidity but also psychological and economic costs to the community.

    The response to violent crime has traditionally been through the criminal justice system and has focused on retribution and rehabilitation.3 More recently, violence has been recognised as a public health problem, …

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