The U.S. Conference of Mayors


WHEREAS, youth violence is the second leading cause of death nationwide for young people between the ages of 10 and 24; and

WHEREAS, the likelihood of recurrence of street violence for a victim is estimated at up to 44%; and

WHEREAS, 5,570 young people age 10-24 were murdered - an average of 16 each day - in 2003; and

WHEREAS, over 780,000 violence-related injuries in young people age 10 to 24 were treated in U.S. emergency rooms in 2004; and

WHEREAS, nearly 5.3 million incidents of intimate partner violence occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older, and 3.2 million occur in men; and

WHEREAS, being a victim of violence can result in a multitude of physical and psychological health problems, as well as tremendous economic costs to both the victim and society; and

WHEREAS, many young people seek medical care for violence-related injuries, some of which can lead to lasting disabilities; and

WHEREAS, violence can also affect the health of communities by increasing the cost of health care, decreasing property value, and disrupting social services. The cost of youth violence exceeds $158 billion each year; and

WHEREAS, promising interventions in some cities have shown the potential to stop repeat violence by providing safety and support to all victims of violence in hospitals and other health care settings, NOW, THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that in order to ensure reduction of the recurrence of violent injury, The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) urges cities to recognize all violence as a public health issue; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the USCM encourages cities to work with health care institutions to establish programs that protect the safety of all victims of violence, including but not limited to intimate partner and other intentional violence, seeking medical care in emergency rooms, community health centers, and other sites; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the USCM urges cities to partner with health care institutions to train health care providers in community health centers and acute care hospitals to establish protocols and effectively respond to and treat all victims of violence.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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