Why Injury and Violence Prevention Matter

30 Years CDC Injury Center

For the past 30 years, the CDC Injury Center has been a leader in protecting Americans from injury and violence so that individuals, families, and communities can be safe, healthy, and thriving.

Why Prevention Matters

Experiencing injury or violence can have a lifelong impact. People can suffer short-term effects, such as missing work or school, and long-term effects, such as chronic illness or death. Injury and violence cost society hundreds of billions of dollars in medical care and lost productivity each year.

The Injury Center focuses on improving lives by stopping injuries and violence before they happen—also known as primary prevention.

What the Injury Center Does

The Injury Center has been at the forefront of injury and violence prevention, using surveillance, research, programs, and partnerships to:

How Violence and Injuries Affect Us Daily

While all people are affected by injury and violence, specific communities and minority groups are impacted more.

As we move forward, the Injury Center continues to focus its efforts on those at greatest risk for injury and violence to elevate the health and well-being of all people. Across many topics, we are working to ensure equity in policies, programs, and services related to injury and violence.

Suicide is responsible for one death every 11 minutes.

Suicide is responsible for one death every 11 minutes.

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There are more than 45,000 firearm-related deaths in the United States each year. That’s about 124 people dying from a firearm related injury each day.

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About 1 in 4 women report having experienced some form of intimate partner violence and reported a negative impact.

CDC’s Injury Center focuses on multiple crucial topics including:

  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs),
  • Community violence,
  • Drowning,
  • Suicide,
  • Firearms,
  • Overdose,
  • Sexual violence,
  • Transportation safety,
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and more
How Prevention Benefits Everyone

Experiencing injury or violence can have a lifelong impact. People can suffer short-term effects, such as missing work or school, and long-term effects, such as chronic illness or death. Join the Injury Center in understanding and changing the world around us, so everyone, everywhere, every day can be safe and free from injury and violence.