The feasibility and utility of using coded ambulance records for a violence surveillance system: A novel pilot study

Deborah Anne Scott, Cherie Heilbronn, Kerri Coomber, Ashlee Curtis, Foruhar Moayeri, James C. Wilson, Sharon Matthews, Rose Crossin, Alex Wilson, Karen Smith, Peter Miller, Dan Ian Lubman

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The acute association between interpersonal violence, alcohol and drug use, self-harm, and mental health issues is relatively unexplored. Violence-related ambulance attendances were analysed, differentiated by type of violence and by victim or aggressor of violence, as well as the co-occurrence of alcohol and drug use, self-harm, and mental health issues. Ambulance attendances related to victims of violence had few co-occurring issues beyond alcohol and drug misuse. In contrast, attendances related to aggressors were more complex, with high proportions of co-occurring mental health, self-harm, and alcohol and drug issues. These findings demonstrate the utility of ambulance data for surveillance of interpersonal violence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherAustralian Institute of Criminology
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781925304428
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameTrends and Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice
PublisherAustralian Institute of Criminology
ISSN (Print)1836-2206

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