Injury and Violence Prevention Program

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Injury is a leading cause of death and disability among Wisconsin residents, causing more than 5,000 deaths annually.

Of these 5,000 injury-related deaths, 20 percent were intentional (self-inflicted or homicide).

In 2019, injury accounted for about 27,000 non-fatal hospitalizations, 393,000 emergency room visits.

Injury is recognized nationally and in Wisconsin as a threat to public health. Rather than being random, unpredictable and unavoidable occurrences, injuries can be understood and prevented. The broad category of injury is generally divided into:

  • Unintentional injuries (falls, poisonings, motor vehicle crashes, etc.)
  • Intentional injuries (homicide, suicide, sexual assault, etc.)

The Wisconsin Injury Prevention and Control Statute (Wis. Stat. § 255.20) directs the Department of Health Services to maintain an Injury Prevention Program that includes data collection, surveillance, education, and the promotion of intervention; provides local agencies with technical assistance for effective program development and evaluation; and collaborates with other state agencies to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries.

Available Data

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH): Injury-related Outcomes Use this to get the most current data and information on injury-related data including emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths.

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Last Revised: April 23, 2021