Violence and Injury Prevention Program


The Violence and Injury Prevention Program gives communities and policy-makers the data and technical assistance they need to provide effective Injury Prevention programs and to implement policies to reduce intentional injuries caused by violence and suicide, and unintentional injuries caused by falls, motor vehicle crashes, and prescription drug overdoses. This program also helps secure federal funds to address these key safety issues. Injury prevention programs in schools provide students with the skills they need to sustain healthy relationships and to prevent suicide, violence and rape. The program funds agencies to provide training to adults and youth in school and community settings so they can identify youth who may be at risk of injuring themselves, or others, and getting them the professional help they may need to prevent suicide and other types of violence. In addition, it also funds primary care practices to provide falls risk assessments and community based agencies to provide exercise programs to prevent falls among older adults. Data and research information are provided to key decision makers about the effectiveness of a primary seat belt law, enforcing laws that stop Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and on other related issues that will save lives. A strategic plan to address prescription drug overdoses is currently being developed with key stake holders.

2012 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Suicide Prevention: Trained 458 high schol staff and 495 community-based organization (CBO) staff on Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention program. Trained 256 high school youth on Signs of Suicide prevention program. Reached 83% of adults aged 35-54 with the suicide proofing your home media campaign. Received 4,460 visits to the suicide proofing yoru home website.
  • Rape Prevention: Trained 4,077 high school youth on root causes of sexual violence and healthy relationships. Trained 93 high school teachers and other staff in sexual violence prevention. Reached 80% of males ages 12-20 with winning PSA for Your Voice. Your View. sexual violence prevention media contest. Distributed 3,500 Your Voice. Your View. informational packets to high schools.
  • Falls Injury Prevention: Trained 250 older adults in a six session Matter of Balance excersice and falls prevention program. Trained 115 primary care providers in falls injury prevention. Initiated a falls risk assessment pilot project with five primary care practices.
  • Motor Vehicle Injury Prevention: Passed a primary seat belt law in June 2011.

Key Focus Areas

  • Public health looks at illness and injury across the whole population not just individual cases Rhode Island injury data show a serious and widespread problem. It will take the whole community to address it.
  • Injuries are predictable and preventable. Public health works toward preventing injuries before they happen by looking at predisposing factors/predictors.
  • Public health brings diverse partners from other government agencies, local organizations, and community coalitions including professionals from child and adolescent health, traffic safety, emergency medical services, health care, education, law enforcement, fire prevention, social services, SAFE KIDS coalitions, and others to prevent injuries in our communities.