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CDC Helps Prevent Global Violence

International Vision

A global community free from violence

International Mission

To collaborate on global efforts to prevent violence by developing and disseminating science-based knowledge and practice

Violence causes more than 1.6 million deaths worldwide every year.1 More than 90% of these occur in low- and middle-income countries.1 Violence is one of the leading causes of death in all parts of the world for persons ages 15 to 44.1 But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working to change that. CDC is committed to building a world free of violence.

CDC conducts research on violence, its causes, and effective prevention strategies. Studies have shown there are personal, peer, family, and social factors that may increase or reduce the chances that a person will become a victim or perpetrator of violence. CDC and its partners use this science-based information to help agencies and governments around the world develop programs to prevent violence-related injuries and deaths.

Violence Against Children Survey

A young boy with his hand on a globeCDC's Violence against Children Surveys (VACS) measure physical, emotional, and sexual violence against girls and boys. Find out more about VACS use in 14 countries.

More information on other activities


  1. Krug EG et al., eds. World report on violence and health. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2002.
  2. Injuries and violence: the facts. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2010.


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