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Violence, Conflict and Trauma

Multi-racial hands coming together

In 2002, the World Health Organization published a seminal report on Violence and Health, demanding greater attention from public health professionals to examine the causes and consequences of violence and to develop preventive strategies. Faculty at the Yale School of Public Health are involved in teaching and research on the negative health consequences of the effects of interpersonal violence on women’s health as well the effects of neighborhoods on violence and forced displacement.

YSPH researchers are developing interventions to improve trauma-informed care in variety of settings as well as technology-delivered interventions to reduce the impact of violence exposure on young families.

Alongside well-known public health consequences of global conflict and displacement —increased mortality, higher risks of malnutrition, and spread of infectious diseases—many displaced people require longer-term care for chronic conditions, including mental health, in protracted conflicts. Conflict and displacement also put existing healthcare and social services under strain. Current YSPH research in populations displaced by violence has brought attention to the neglect and abuse of women in childbirth, unmet mental health needs, and HIV risk.