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Intentional Injuries

KIPRC has dedicated research programs that address the burden of intentional injuries (violent-related injuries) occurring in Kentucky. Violence is defined as “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” by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to a report by the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System (KVDRS), 87% of all violent deaths occurring in Kentucky between 2005 and 2010 were due to homicide or suicide, with suicide being the most prevalent (66%) followed by homicide (22%).




Intentional injury research areas that KIPRC programs address include:

  • Suicide
  • Homicide
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Child maltreatment
  • Elderly maltreatment