Violence as a Health Issue

Last week, my cousin was brutally beaten and was hospitalized for serious head injuries. My cousin wanted to help a young female he felt was threaten by another male. When he approached that male and asked him to leave the young woman alone, he was immediately offended and began to beat my cousin up. The other man also carried a gun and fired three times onto the air and left my bleeding cousin on the floor.
I have often wondered within these last few days about what if my cousin would have been shot;if those three bullets would have ever touched his skin.
The problem with violence today is that it is not recognized as a health issue that is largely effecting our communities. Many communities, especially those with a large amount of minorities face an act of violence on a daily basis. Many people affected by violence end up in ER rooms and in prison but the circle of violence continues to twirl and grow.
Once we as a society begin to recognize violence as a health issue– the more we can focus on provide the appropriate care for our communities.


  1. Denise Vastola said,

    October 18, 2009 at 1:06 am

    For starters, your cousin did the right thing.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been addressing violence as a public health issue for several decades. They have numerous studies and reports on various aspects of violence, including domestic violence, sexual violence, suicide, and youth violence.

    The CDC has been working increasing awareness of violence prevention and their Web site reveals that 18,573 people died as a result of homicide in 2006. There’s a rather lengthy section on violence prevention. Check out the Web site,

  2. Yazmin Cruz said,

    November 3, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    It is unfortunate your cousin got hurt trying to help someone else. Hope he is doing better.

    But I do not agree with you that violence is a health problem. Violence does not afflict a person physically. There may be some mental health factors that contribute to a person being violent that must be treated.

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