Massachusetts Medical Society: Violence Prevention and Intervention

Violence Prevention and Intervention

Medical classThe MMS and its Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention educates physicians and others in violence intervention and prevention. 

Youth Violence Prevention Resources

Violence is a leading cause of injury, death, and disability for American children. Physicians and other professionals have a role in violence prevention.

Tools for Parents

Information for parents of children, from toddlers through teens, to protect them from violence. All of these brochures are in PDF format. 

Partner Violence Resources

Basic information about partner violence, recognizing varied clinical presentations of violence, and referral to identify, counsel, and offer options to at-risk patients.


Latest News & Resources

  • Human Trafficking June 8, 2018

    The Human Trafficking Guidebook is designed to provide basic information about human trafficking and its health effects, and to offer guidance regarding efficient and trauma-sensitive techniques for identification, assessment and response. The guidebook also includes local, statewide and national...

  • Domestic Violence Map 2017 April 3, 2017


  • Curbing Firearm Violence: Vital Signs Talks with Michael Hirsh, M.D. January 26, 2016

    Vital Signs, February 2016 - Dr. Hirsh, the director of trauma services at the Trauma Center and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center, puts the total cost for collecting 2,600 firearms at less than the cost of caring for four patients who might have been...

  • MMS 12th Annual Public Leadership Forum on Firearm Violence: April 5 January 26, 2016

    Vital Signs, February 2016 -  On November 18, 2015, the MMS hosted the Initiating a Conversation with Patients on Gun Safety webinar to help physicians confidently and sensitively discuss firearm ownership and safety with their patients. The webinar addressed a broad range of important gun...

  • MMS to Address Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue December 14, 2015

    Vital Signs, December 2015/ January 2016 - We’re looking at new and different approaches in public health. Public health doesn’t just have to be about Ebola or hepatitis C. There are greater societal issues with public health implications: gun violence, global health, immigration, poverty. We as...

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