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Organizations and Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms of the U.S. Department of Justice
Includes Firearms Statistics and State Laws and Published Ordinances — Firearms, as well as numerous publications.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (University of Colorado)
CSPV offers a guide to state-wide and national organizations, surveys, resources and more. Numerous publication are available online, and CSPV also offers technical assistance to policy makers and community members involved in violence prevention programming.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (South Africa)
CSVR works to develop ways to combat the effects of violence and to build a human rights culture in South Africa. Its many publications cover a wide range of topics, including international studies, gangs, death penalty, political violence, state violence, and theory of violence.

Children's Safety Network, National Injury and Violence Prevention Resource Center
"CSN works with maternal and child health, public health, and other injury prevention practitioners to provide technical assistance and information, facilitate the implementation and evaluation of injury prevention programs, and conduct analytical and policy activities that improve the state-of-the-art of injury and violence prevention." Their site has injury prevention resources and publications, as well as data on injury related deaths and costs (at state and county levels).

Child Welfare Information Gateway (consolidates the services of the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse)
NCCANI was established by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974. This site is a source of statistics, information on state laws, funding sources, and more. Many publications are available online.

Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center
"The focus of the Iowa IPRC is prevention and control of rural injuries. Based on epidemiologic data, rural populations at high risk of injury include children, the elderly, farmers and farm families. The IPRC aims to prevent and control injuries in these high risk rural populations by supporting research and training and by disseminating research results to policy makers." Workplace Violence: A Report to the Nation (PDF, February 2001) examines the causes and types of workplace violence and suggests preventative actions.

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (CDC)
This site contains many publications and factsheets on all aspects of injury and violence. It also includes Injury Mortality Reports, which provide "tabulations of the total numbers of injury-related deaths and the death rates per 100,000 population. The reports lists deaths according to mechanism/cause and manner/intent of injury, by state, race, Hispanic Origin, sex, and age groupings."

State Injury Indicators Report, 5th Edition-2006 Data (PDF)
Injury information from 36 states, including California, using data from hospital records, death certificates, and several national surveillance systems. Provides rates of various intentional and unintentional injuries—such as traumatic brain injuries, fire and burn injuries, and suicides—and related factors.

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database that "allows easy access to data about unintentional and violent injuries. It offers customized reports about fatal injuries as well as national estimates of nonfatal injuries treated in hospital emergency departments. Data are available by year, state, sex, age, and race/ethnicity."

National Sexual Violence Resource Center
NSVRC's site includes a newsletter, numerous publications, and links to state and territorial coalitions. It also includes extensive information for sexual assault forensic examiners (SAFEs) and sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs): guidelines, protocols, immediate medical concerns, legislation, training, resources relevant to children and adolescents, and more.

Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women
"The Office on Violence Against Women was created in 1995 to implement the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and to lead the national effort to stop domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking." The Act was reauthorized in 2000 and again in 2005.

Subjects covered include crimes and victims, homicide trends, law enforcement agencies, and capital punishment. Also included are publications, as well as data.

Safe and Active Communities (SAC) Branch, California Department of Public Health
"The SAC Branch is the focal point for CDPH injury prevention efforts, both epidemiological investigations and implementation of prevention programs to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries." Includes EPICenter — California Injury Data Online, with statistics on injuries by county, including firearm injury data, child abuse and neglect data, violent injuries to females, and more.

Formerly called the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, the Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere website is sponsored by the CDC. This site has information for policy makers, community leaders, parents, teens and professionals, including tools to increase the effectiveness of youth violence prevention and intervention efforts, statistics, best practices, policies, and model programs, and research on risk.

Violence Policy Center
"The VPC approaches firearms violence from a public health perspective and explores policy alternatives to commonly accepted views on gun violence. A primary goal of the Center is the widespread dissemination of this information in an effort to educate the public, news media, and policymakers." Site includes numerous online publications, including Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An Analysis of 2006 Homicide Data (PDF, January 2009) and Where Did You Get That Statistic? A Bibliography and Resource Guide for Advocates Working to Reduce Gun Death and Injury (January 2000).

Violence Prevention Research Program (UC Davis)
VPRP "addresses the causes, nature, and prevention of violence. The major areas of emphasis are the prediction of criminal behavior, the effectiveness of waiting period/background check programs for prospective purchasers of firearms, and the determinants of firearm violence."

World Health Organization, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
Includes information on violence against women, landmines and small arms, and the classification of the causes of injuries.

The Injury Chartbook: A Graphical Overview of the Global Burden of Injuries (2002)
"Based on the premise that access to accurate, reliable information is the key to sound policy-making, this publication seeks to provide a global overview of the nature and extent of injury mortality and morbidity in the form of user-friendly tables and charts." Chapters include Road Traffic Injuries, Interpersonal Violence, Fire-Related Burns, and more.

World Report on Violence and Health (2002)
"The specific objectives of the Report are to describe the magnitude and impact of violence throughout the world; describe the key risk factors for violence; summarize the types of intervention and policy responses that have been tried and what is known about their effectiveness; and make recommendations for action at local, national, and international levels. The Report also includes a statistical annex with country and regional data derived from the WHO Mortality and Morbidity Database and a list of resources for violence prevention."

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Publications and Databases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. DHHS)

Injury, Violence, and Safety

Scientific Data, Surveillance, and Injury Statistics
Contains data on injury mortality.

Violence and Reproductive Health
Includes several publications on domestic violence.

Domestic Violence: Women's Way Out (Pan-American Health Organization, 2000)
"This book sets forth a protocol that may be used to investigate the paths women follow as they search for care and try to solve their domestic violence problems. It introduces the issue of violence against women by presenting a conceptual framework for approaching domestic violence as a health and development problem in Latin America."

Ergonomics Abstracts
NOTE: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
Ergonomics Abstracts is a comprehensive, international indexing and abstracting service, with materials going back to 1985. Ergonomics Abstracts also includes related material from psychology, physiology, biomechanics, job design, human-computer interaction, safety science, human engineering, medicine, occupational health, sport and transport. The abstracts are selected from over 300 journals, books and conference proceedings.

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit
Women who have experienced IPV [intimate partner violence] in their lifetime are more likely to report having asthma, diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, poor physical and mental health. This toolkit offers providers, health plan administrators, domestic violence advocates and others, the tools to implement the recommendations and identify and support patients facing abuse:
Click on Getting Started for strategies in preparing your practice to start screening.
Click on How to Screen for a review of screening and intervention approaches and tools.
Click on Specific Settings for resources tailored to settings such as adolescent, reproductive, mental, or pediatric health practices.
Click on Advocacy Tools for strategies and resources for domestic and sexual violence advocates as well as promising practices from the field.

National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) Online (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
"NEISS is a national probability sample of hospitals in the U.S. and its territories. Patient information is collected from each NEISS hospital for every emergency visit involving an injury associated with consumer products. From this sample, the total number of product-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms nationwide can be estimated. These estimates can be focused by setting some or all of the following variables (and an example of each):

National Gun Policy Survey 2001 (National Opinion Research Center)
This national survey measured national attitudes and beliefs about guns. In addition, the survey assessed public opinion on a variety of approaches to gun regulation.

Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey (PDF, 2000)
Produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice of the U S Department of Justice, this report provides information and statistics on violence against women provided by medical and law enforcement professionals, and others.

SafetyLit: Injury Prevention Literature Update & Archive Database
This database "provides abstracts of reports from researchers who work in the more than 30 professional disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm. Among these are anthropology, economics, education, engineering specialties, ergonomics and human factors, health and medicine, law and law enforcement, psychology, sociology, and other fields. SafetyLit staff and volunteers regularly hand-examine (issue by issue) more than 3400 current scholarly journals from many nations to find relevant material. This information is maintained in a searchable database that contains more than 225 thousand items. The database contains articles from 4405 journals that are not included in PubMed/Medline." You can sign up for the weekly SafetyLit Update Bulletin for current abstracts to be sent to your in-box.

"TRID is a newly integrated database that combines the records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to over 900,000 records of transportation research worldwide."

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Domestic Violence (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology, national Library of Medicine)
This Domestic Violence topic page assists researchers, both novice and advanced, by providing detailed search queries for key NLM databases: PubMed, PubMed Health, HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress), and HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources). These searches will enable users to readily discover relevant published medical literature, clinical effectiveness research, ongoing HSR projects, and related datasets, instruments and other tools. In addition, the resource identifies important guidelines, assessment instruments and measures, and includes a structured query for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

Injury-Related Websites
From the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC.

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