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Keywords:

  • injury;
  • trauma;
  • violence;
  • SAEM position paper;
  • special contribution

ABSTRACT

This document by the SAEM Public Health and Education Committee outlines the public health impact of interpersonal violence as it pertains to acute emergency care. This paper provides an overview of violence through the life cycle (i.e., child abuse, youth violence, intimate violence, and elderly abuse). It also makes specific recommendations regarding the role emergency physicians can play in reducing violence through medical education, research, surveillance, public education, advocacy, and clinical practice.