Injury and Violence Prevention News

December 2002
In this issue:
1. Best Practices to Prevent Firearm Injuries
2. Intimate Partner Violence Data Brief
3. Join the Sexual Violence Prevention Network
4. Home Injuries Kill 20,000 Each Year

1. Best Practices to Prevent Firearm Injuries

Did you know that:
  • On the average day, one Minnesotan dies from a firearm injury, and two more have nonfatal injuries.
  • Nine out of every 10 people who are injured die.
  • About half the nonfatal injuries are suicides, rather than assaults or unintentional injuries.
What are the proven public health strategies for reducing firearm injuries? In Best Practices to Prevent Firearm Injuries, you'll learn about the extent of the problem and some well-evaluated strategies for prevention. Also, lin to excellent state and national resources for further information. Use the information for developing objectives for your community health services plan, for answering questions, or for background data for grant applications.

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2. Intimate Partner Violence Data Brief

Just released is the Intimate Partner Violence Data Brief. The brief summarizes 1998-2001 data on Intimate Partner Violence. Injury and Violence Prevention collects and analyzes data from hospitals and emergency departments under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A few highlights:
  • More than 800 Minnesotans, or 16 of every 100,000 people, were treated in hospitals in 2001 for injuries caused by an intimate partner.
  • Firearms were involved in 65 percent of the intimate partner violence deaths in the year 2000.
For a summary of the report, view the news release.

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3. Join the Sexual Violence Prevention Network

The Sexual Violence Prevention Network is a group of interested people from throughout Minnesota who meet quarterly for networking and education. The network is coordinated as a joint effort of the Minnesota Department of Health Injury and Violence Prevention Network, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Minnesota Center for Crime Victim Services.

The network rotates meeting locations around the state, and anyone is welcome to attend when it is convenient. The most recent meeting, on November 1, focused on various activities related to "Let's Talk About It Month" and on the Minnesota Department of Health abstinence-education program, ENABL (Education Now and Babies Later).

Dates for meetings in 2003 are:
  • February 7
  • May 2
  • August 1
  • November 7
(Most meetings are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locations will be announced). Contact Amy Okaya to have your name added to the Network mailing list.

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4. Home Injuries Kill 20,000 Each Year

Ask Americans where they feel safest, and most will say their own home. But a new report found that after motor vehicles, the home is the most common location of unintentional fatal injures. Home injuries cause 20,000 deaths a year and nearly 13 million injuries, the study found.

The Home Safety Council commissioned the University of North Carolina's Injury Prevention Research Center to conduct the study.

Read a Channel 4000 article detailing the study.

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Also see > National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the latest injury prevention news at the national-level.

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Minnesota Department of Health
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ST PAUL MN 55164-0882
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