Violence Prevention Charter

The Violence Prevention Charter (VPC) is an official document intended to recognize the commitment of Canadian citizens to the creation of a Canada “Free of Violence”. The Charter outlines our purpose, current situation, vision and signatory commitments. It is a shared enterprise whereby, individuals, organizations, communities, and governments at all levels can engage in committing to and building a safer and more prosperous Canada.

A Violence Prevention Charter will:

Violence as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) is ”the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation."

Evidence shows that violence has considerable social and economic consequences. A 2011 report estimated that the financial burden incurred by taxpayers annually is in excess of $99.6 billion. There are several types of violence and they are recognized by the WHO under the following categories: Interpersonal; Collective and Self-Directed. The latter includes self harm and suicide. The WHO “Violence Prevention through Public Health: The Ecological Model” stresses the multiple risk factors at the individual, relationship, community and societal levels and serves as a framework for evidence-based intervention. Prevention of Violence Canada is seeking to implement the recommendations of the World Report on Violence and Health, specifically:

A Canada Free of Violence is rooted in healthy families and communities: