Each year, more than 54,000 people lose their lives to violence.
In addition to the tremendous physical and emotional toll, violence
has substantial medical, lost productivity, and other costs. In
2000, these totaled more than $70 billion in the United States. The
figure grows when we add criminal justice system costs, social
services, and other expenses.
As Dr. Howard Spivak, director of CDC's Division of
Violence Prevention, says, "Violence isn't something that just
happens that you can't do anything about. It can be prevented."
One way CDC is helping the nation prevent violence is a free
on-line course that's available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It's called Principles of Prevention. For more information, visit
The course—which offers continuing education credits—teaches key
concepts of primary prevention, the public health approach, and the
social-ecological model. Participants complete interactive
exercises to learn to help prevent five types of violence:
- Child abuse and neglect
- Intimate partner violence
- Sexual violence
- Youth violence
Principles of Prevention is designed for those working to stop
violence from ever happening. It helps professionals move from the
problem to the solution.
This course teaches the fundamentals of effective violence
prevention methods and incorporates the growing body of research on
The Principles of Prevention course includes:
- Interviews with leading experts in the field
- Dynamic graphics
- Interactive exercises
- Compelling storytelling that makes the case for violence
CDC Committed to Preventing Violence
CDC is committed to preventing violence and the injuries and
deaths that result from it. Our Division of Violence
Prevention works to:
- Monitor injuries caused by violence
- Research what puts people at risk or protects them from
- Create violence prevention programs
- Help states and local communities plan, start, and evaluate
- Research what works in adopting and sharing prevention
CDC works 24/7 saving lives and protecting
people from health threats to have a more secure nation. A US
federal agency, CDC helps make the healthy choice the easy choice
by putting science and prevention into action. CDC works to help
people live longer, healthier and more productive lives.