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Violence-Free Society

Reaffirmed by the ACEP Board of Directors June 2013 and October 2000

Revised and approved by the ACEP Board of Directors January 2007

Originally approved by the ACEP Board of Directors January 1996


The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) strongly supports the goal, and acknowledges the health and economic benefits, of a society free from violence. ACEP recognizes that violence takes many forms, including but not limited to family violence, community violence, domestic violence, child and elder maltreatment, mass casualty incidents, and suicides. ACEP believes emergency physicians have a unique opportunity and responsibility to reduce the prevalence and impact of violence through advocacy, education and research initiatives. Improved violence prevention programs as well as the development of mechanisms for the emergency department (ED) to treat patients (either as victims or perpetrators) presenting with the mental and physical consequences of violence will be important achievements.

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