Violence in Society & Forensic Epidemiology

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Florida shooting: howls of grief fall upon deaf ears - cartoon

Chris Riddell on Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting

Stoneman Douglas H.S. Shooting

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

For the more than 3,000 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Wednesday's mass shooting was terrifying and life-changing. But what of the tens of millions of other children, in schools across the country, who have since heard about what happened and now struggle with their own feelings …

Education

The Root of All Cruelty?

Perpetrators of violence, we’re told, dehumanize their victims. The truth is worse.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>A recent episode of the dystopian television series “Black Mirror” begins with a soldier hunting down and killing …

British Philosophy

Thresholds of Violence

How school shootings catch on.<p>On the evening of April 29th last year, in the southern Minnesota town of Waseca, a woman was doing the dishes when she looked out her kitchen window and saw a young man walking through her back yard. He was wearing a backpack and carrying a fast-food bag and was …

Guns

Stabbing deaths among young people hit eight-year high

Police recorded 61 deaths in 16-24 group and a total of 215 fatal stabbings in England and Wales<p>The number of teenagers and young adults stabbed to death in England and Wales reached the highest level for eight years, official figures show.<p>Police recorded a total of 215 fatal stabbings in the 12 …

Crime

The world’s biggest killers? Diseases linked to human behaviour

Changing people’s behaviour and circumstances is proving more difficult than fighting infectious disease.<p>And advances in life expectancy and …

Public Health

World Map of Intentional Homicides

A series of geographic Choropleth maps showing the number of intentional homicides by country per 100,000 people. Created using World Bank data and …

World Bank

Reported sex offences against males in England and Wales tripled in 10 years

<b>Reports of sexual offences against men and boys have more than tripled in the past decade, figures show.</b><p>There were 12,130 offences reported in England and Wales in 2016-17, compared with 3,819 in 2006-07, said the Office for National Statistics.<p>Andy Connolly, from Survivors UK, said victims were …

Sociology

Drug violence blamed for Mexico's record 29,168 murders in 2017

Homicide rate surpasses peak year of country’s drug war in 2011, government figures show<p>Mexico recorded more than 29,000 murders in 2017, the highest annual tally in decades, government figures have shown.<p>Mexico has struggled with years of violence as the government has battled vicious drug cartels …

Mystery of the spike in deaths between Christmas and New Year’s gets curiouser and curiouser

As the Christmas season kicks into high gear and we're surrounded by gorgeously decorated fir trees and songs of yuletide gay, it's easy to forget that the holidays represent a grim time in terms of health statistics. You're more likely to die of natural causes from Dec. 25 through New Year's Day …

Medicine

New York murder rate hits record low despite terror attacks

Crushed in the subway, barely able to breathe. Somebody is jabbing their elbow in your back. And everyone looks so darned angry.<p>There are days in …

Fueled by drug crisis, U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year

American life expectancy at birth declined for the second consecutive year in 2016, fueled by a staggering 21 percent rise in the death rate from drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.<p>The United States has not seen two years of declining life expectancy …

Opioid Crisis

Mexico: murders of women rise sharply as drug war intensifies

Of more than 50,000 killings of women since 1985, nearly a third took place in last six years, official report says<p>The number of women being murdered in Mexico has risen sharply over the last decade amid the country’s drug war, more than wiping out two decades of gains when the rate fell by half, a …

Teacher who used stories to tackle gang violence: 'People are fearful of talking about inequality'

Ten years ago, Erin Gruwell’s teaching style inspired a film. Now she trains educators to work with vulnerable young people – and was this year a finalist for an international award. She tells us what experience has taught her<p>When Erin Gruwell was told that her students were “unteachable”, she …

When The Scars Of A Mass Shooting Aren't Left By Bullets

Americans who live through mass shootings often need extensive mental health treatment. Charity can't pay for it all.<p>Sherrie Lawson was in a meeting …

Smacking has no place in modern Wales, says minister

<b>The physical punishment of children has no place in a modern and progressive Wales, children's minister Huw Irranca-Davies has said.</b><p>Ahead of a consultation due to start in January on a proposed smacking ban, Mr Irranca-Davies said the practice was "no longer acceptable".<p>The comments have been …

United Kingdom

Morgues shut doors as ultra-violent Mexican state is overwhelmed by bodies

Stench of decomposing corpses leads workers to shut down mortuaries in Guerrero where violence has also emptied villages and forced buses off the road<p>Violence in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has emptied entire villages, closed schools and forced bus companies off the road.<p>Now it has shut …

Terrorism deaths fall for second year in a row signalling 'turning point in fight against Islamist extremism'

The number of global deaths from terrorism has fallen for the second year in a row, signalling "a turning point in the fight against radical Islamist …

'You have to keep a knife with you'

New figures obtained by BBC News show police forces across England and Wales are charging fewer people with knife crime, though the number of offences is on the rise.<p>Our special correspondent Ed Thomas has been out to witness the shocking reality of knife crime on the streets of our capital.

Wales

Why so many young British men are choosing to carry knives

Concern is mounting about a recent surge in violent knife crime in Britain’s biggest cities.<p>Crime figures for the 12 months to March 2017 showed an …

West Midlands

Violence towards emergency nurses: A narrative review of theories and frameworks. - PubMed

INTRODUCTION:<p>Workplace Violence in the health environment is a growing issue worldwide. Emergency department have been identified asa high-risk …

PubMed

Firearm-Related Injury and Death: A U.S. Health Care Crisis in Need of Health Care Professionals

by Darren B. Taichman, Howard Bauchner, Jeffrey M. Drazen, Christine Laine, Larry PeiperlThe U.S.-based Editors of ICMJE journals call for …

Guns

Random Acts of Violence? Examining Probabilistic Independence of the Temporal Distribution of Mass Killing Events in the United States.

2017 Dec 1;32(6):1014-1023. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00039. Epub 2017 Oct 10.<p>Abstract<p>Recent mass killings, such as those in Newtown, …

Neurology

The knife crime crisis is national. The solutions must be local

The latest figures suggest that the scale and causes vary between London and the rest of the country. Understanding microclimates is crucial<p>Black male life expectancy in Washington DC is lower than male life expectancy in Gaza: black infant mortality in America’s capital is worse than in Libya. …

Beyond the blade: the truth about knife crime in Britain

Teenage knife crime is a tabloid obsession, blamed on feral youth running riot in our cities. But the reality is much more complex – and we cannot save lives if we do not understand it<p>On Monday 23 January, shortly after 3pm, the regular din of children turning out of the Capital Academy secondary …

UK needs coordinated strategy to tackle knife crime, says MP

Croydon MP Sarah Jones calls for 10-year multiagency approach to knife crime among young people, similar to one that led to fall in teenage pregnancy rates<p>Britain needs a 10-year, coordinated strategy to tackle knife crime among young people, similar to the successful long-term effort to reduce …

Youth violence and murder soar in London, new crime figures show, as man is stabbed to death for his iPhone

Man, 28, killed for his iPhone hours after triple knife attack at Tube station leaves one dead

Crime