Violence is an important social problem in many countries. It is also increasing to such an extent that it is now seen as a public health issue. Unfortunately, health-care workers, whether in the community or in hospitals, are vulnerable to assault as they fulfill their responsibilities. They need to understand why violence occurs, who is most at risk, how to prevent it, and what it feels like to be a victim. Managers need to initiate and implement prevention policy and to be able to arrange appropriate counseling and support for victims. Sources and mechanisms of victim compensation need to be understood. This book gives the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of 40 victim support agencies. Although this book is aimed primarily at health-care workers, it is also designed as a source of key information for anyone who is seeking to understand the causes and effects of violence in Western societies today. There are chapters on domestic violence, the role of alcohol and drugs, delinquency, and non-accidental injuries of children (child abuse).
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1 Effects of Assault on Health-care Professionals.