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Women's health: Rape of the Congo

In her role as gender-based violence research coordinator at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, 2008 HSPH graduate Jocelyn Kelly traveled to war-torn Eastern Congo in 2009 and early 2010 to conduct interviews with perpetrators of sexual violence and mass rape. She spoke with…

Boys who bully may grow up to abuse women

Boys who frequently bully peers when they are young are more likely to grow up to abuse their wives and girlfriends, according to a study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers. "It helps people think of bullying in somewhat…

Hemenway's violence prevention work lauded

David Hemenway, who has spent much of his career studying youth violence and implementing violence prevention programs, has received the Striving for Social Justice Award from Community Works, an umbrella organization that comprises 34 social justice groups. Hemenway, professor of health policy…

Painting the big picture on a Navajo reservation

November 1, 2012 -- Once upon a time, Anne Newland wanted to go to film school. But because life unfolds with its own logic, she instead became a doctor with the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). And shaped by her experience working…

New safety measures needed to reduce gun violence

July 18, 2013 — Among developed countries, rates of violence are roughly similar. But in the United States, the chance of dying from a violent act exceeds that of other countries by a wide margin. It’s because of guns, says [[David Hemenway]]. The…

Arizona shooting spree casts light on gun violence in U.S.

Among the many issues raised by the Tucson, Arizona shootings that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition, six people dead and more than a dozen injured on January 8, 2011 are questions about the nature and culture of gun violence in…

Community reaction critical to rebuilding lives of child soldiers

How accepting or hostile a community is toward former child soldiers can help determine whether they will fare well or reoffend, according to Theresa Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director…

Health Policy News: Chicago's new handgun ordinance won't make families safer

HSPH’s David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and the Youth Violence Prevention Center, is quoted in a Chicago Tribune op-ed (July 9, 2010) which argues against Chicago’s new handgun ordinance. The article cites research by Hemenway and colleagues on firearms and…