Is Interpersonal Violence a Public Health Issue? 

13 march - Seminar
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 Is Interpersonal Violence a Public Health Issue?

Friday March 13th, 2015

4:00 - 6:00 pm

salle du Conseil 
Sciences Po, 13 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris

 Free entrance with limited seating available 

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The seminar is organized by Catherine Cavalin (Sciences Po/CEE, LIEPP) and Pauline Delage (UNIL-CEG), as part of the research project "Violences en France : un problème de santé publique?".


In this meeting, we will have the opportunity to discuss with Mark L. Rosenberg, who is the founding and former director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, Atlanta). He will explain how CDC has endeavored to develop interpersonal violence as a public health issue starting in the early 1980s. Being concerned with all types of violence (interpersonal, self-directed and collective violence), CDC started to collect unprecedented surveillance data the major categories of injuries and supported investigator-initiated peer-reviewed research to provide new data on intimate partner violence, school violence, suicide, sexual assault, child sexual abuse and elder abuse. CDC also began to address firearm injuries.

We will draw a historical parallel between this American founding step and the way in which interpersonal violence has become (or has not become?) a public health issue in Europe since the mid-1990s. Pauline Delage will help us understand how domestic violence has been tackled in three Swiss cantons since the 1970s through an analysis of the contributions of several actors (such as public actos, activists, health practitioners). Catherine Cavalin will present an overview of the comparison between the two sides of the Atlantic, pointing out similarities and differences in the American and the European approaches of interpersonal violence as part of public health policies.



4:00 - 5:00 pm

Dr. Mark Rosenberg

Dr. Mark L. Rosenberg
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Task Force for Global Health

 "Brief Update on our efforts to end interpersonal violence once and for all"

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Pauline Delage

Pauline Delage
Chercheuse FNS senior, UNIL-CEG

« Violences domestiques en Suisse : Un problème de santé publique? »

Catherine Cavalin

Catherine Cavalin
Sciences Po / CEE, LIEPP

« Interpersonal violence as a public health issue, from the United States to Western Europe: similarities and differences on a fragile and questioned boundary »

For more information, please check the link below:

- Agenda -Is interpersonal V a PH issue 
Powerpoint Mark L. Rosenberg
Powerpoint Catherine Cavalin