Fall in hospital visits for serious violence

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

An estimated 234,509 people sought treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments across England and Wales in 2013 following serious violence injury, The Guardian, among other papers, reports today. This is a fall of 32,780, or 12 percent, on 2012.

The estimate is based on the data from 117 Emergency Departments, Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres in England and Wales collated by the Violence and Society Research Group at Cardiff University for its annual 'Violence in England and Wales' report.

Referrals to accident and emergency departments following serious violence injury have fallen every year since 2008 according to this research.

The latest report can be downloaded below. Earlier reports and related material are available from the Violence and Society Research Group website.