Violence is a serious public health issue in Massachusetts and in the US. On average, every week in 2007 in Massachusetts, three to four people died by homicide, more than 45 spent time in the hospital, and more than 485 visited an emergency department because of an injury from an assault. Although statistics from hospital data and death certificates are startling, they do not fully account for the problem. Sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, and child and elder abuse may be reported only sporadically. Injuries from assaults may be treated in a physician's office or health center and many assaults go unreported to medical personnel and police, even when a physical injury occurs.
In this chapter
Bullying, Harassment, and Violence in School Settings - Community Violence - Rape and Sexual Violence - Intimate Partner Violence: Dating and Domestic Violence - Child Maltreatment and Witnessing Family Violence
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- Figure 13.1 Deaths and Injuries Due to Assault (JPG)
- Figure 13.2 High School Students Bullied in Past Year: School Attendance and Emotional/Mental Health (JPG)
- Figure 13.3 Homicides Among Males (JPG)
- Figure 13.4 Nonfatal Assault-Related and Assault-Related Firearm Injuries (JPG)
- Figure 13.5 Age of Sexual Assault/Rape Survivor at Time of Assault (JPG)
- Figure 13.6 Sexual Assault and Physical and Mental Health, Persons 18 (JPG)
- Figure 13.7 Victim-Suspect Relationship in Intimate Partner Violence Homicides (JPG)
- Figure 13.8 Experienced IPV: Emotional/Mental Health and Sexual Violence Victimization History (JPG)
- Figure 13.9 Dating Violence, High School Students: School Attendance, Emotional/Mental Health and Risk Behaviors (JPG)
- Figure 13.10 Witnessing Family Violence, High School Students: School Attendance, Emotional Distress and Risk Behaviors (JPG)
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.