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from police records, efforts will be made to integrate information on ‘hidden’ forms of violence available from crime victimisation surveys. This might involve the development of a harmonised survey or module by the European Statistical System.

There is a need for more systematic documentation and dissemination of violence prevention practices, in particular involving the health sector in collaboration with the polices, justice and welfare system. Stakeholders need to be empowered by the provision of tools for planning, implementing and evaluating violence prevention projects.

Actions in this domain will be initiated in close collaboration with other Community programmes such as the DAPHNE Programme11.


There is a clear need for focus as regards the organisation of resources and the development of a sustainable approach for injury prevention for the future. The Commission intends to support this initiative through the Public Health Programme.

This communication outlined the main priority areas around which activities should be organised and ultimately lead to a better understanding of injuries and fatalities and their prevention.

Understanding and tackling the injury issue requires sustained co-operation between the national, regional and local authorities of the Member States, their public health and research communities, businesses and interest groups such as consumer organisations.

Stakeholder groups, such as academia, business and civil society, play a key role in making knowledge and expertise available for exchange at national and Community level. They should be engaged in the research process, as well as in the implementation of models of good practice.

11Decision No 293/2000/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 January 2000 established a Programme of Community action on preventive measures to fight violence against children, young persons and women and to protect the victims and groups at risk. OJ L 34, 9.2.2000, p. 1.


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