Injury & Violence

Intentional & Unintentional Injuries

This focus area encompasses a wide array of topics, including intentional and unintentinal damage to the body.

Unintentional Injuries

Unintentional injuries are sometimes referred to as accidents and are highly preventable. For resources on preventing injury, visit the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) website. Specifically, the CDC has topics on preventing injuries from animal bites, fireworks, poisons, firearms, motor vehicle accidents, and much more.

Intentional Injuries

Intentional injuries include those that were purposely inflicted with the intent to injure or kill someone (including self). These actions include:
  • Abuse (sexual, physical, or verbal)
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse
  • Elderly maltreatment.
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions


The effects of unintentional and intentional injury may include costs related to care and treatment of injuries, but also years of potential life lost due to injury mortality. The impacts of injury and violence often influence chronic disease and physical and mental health.

Violence is often a reaction of individuals with high stress and anxiety levels.

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please contact one of the following crisis hotlines:
  • Child-Help USA: 800-422-4453 (24 hour toll free)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990
  • National Suicide Prevention Life-Line: 800-273-TALK (888-628-9454 for Spanish)
  • Youth Mental Health Line: 888-568-1112
For additional resources, contact the Greenfield Health Department.