Proposals for preventing community violence are naive

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7287.677 (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:677
  1. Rowland Cottingham (rowley@cix.co.uk), consultant in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Emergency Unit, Eastbourne District General Hospital, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 2UD

    EDITOR—The issues that Shepherd et al raise in their editorial on using injury data for violence prevention should be more widely debated,1 particularly because the government has suggested that its plans to tackle violence will be based partly on injury data derived from accident and emergency departments.2

    Shepherd et al suggest that accident and emergency departments should give the police assault data on a regular basis. They note something that the accident and emergency community …

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