Professor Mark Bellis is the Director of Policy, Research and Development for Public Health Wales and Chairs the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University. Mark holds an honorary Chair in Public Health at Bangor University and honorary Professorships in the Colleges of Medicine at Cardiff and Swansea Universities. Mark has undertaken substantive work in the field of violence prevention, alcohol, drugs and sexual health. He has published over 150 academic papers and more than 200 applied public health reports. He regularly works on the development on public health policy at local, national and international levels; working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, WHO and other UN organisations. Professor Bellis is the alcohol lead for the UK Faculty of Public Health, an expert advisor to the Home Office and an academic advisor to Public Health England. Mark is also the UK Focal Point to the WHO for Violence and Injury Prevention and a member of the WHO global expert advisory panel on violence prevention.
A Summary of the Health Harms of Drugs
Commissioned by the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse and the Department of Health, this report provides a summary for healthcare professionals of the harms to health arising from licit and illicit substance use.
Protecting people Promoting health: A public health approach to violence prevention for England
This document outlines the extent (chapter 2) and impact (chapter 3) of violence nationally, covering violence in the general population as well as specific violence types that can impact dramatically on different sectors of society: child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence and elder abuse. It also provides information on how to access local intelligence on violence and related harms (chapter 2). The document describes some of the key risk and protective factors for violence (chapter 4) and collects together details of interventions and policy measures that have been effective in preventing violence (chapter 5), giving examples of where these are already being employed in England. It also outlines the policy frameworks already in place to support violence prevention (chapter 6).
- Published 23 October 2012
- Tagged Violence and unintentional injury
- AuthorsProfessor Mark Bellis, Professor Karen Hughes, Clare Perkins, Andrew Bennett
Weather Forecasting as a Public Health Tool
This report takes a look at the effects that weather can have on peoples health, and how health and other agencies can make more use of weather forecasting data in planning health services, timing campaigns and tackling wider issues such as anti-social behaviour.
- Published 15 February 2005
- Tagged Population health
- AuthorsSara Wood, Professor Mark Bellis, William Bird, John Ashton
Prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
Lancet, 380, 899-907, 2012.
Abstract: Background: Globally, at least 93 million children have moderate or severe disability. Children with disabilities are thought to have a substantially greater risk of being victims of violence than are their non-disabled peers. Establishment of reliable estimates of the scale of the problem is an essential first step in the development of effective prevention programmes. We therefore undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to synthesise evidence for the prevalence and risk of violence against children with disabilities. Methods: For this systematic review and meta-analysis, we searched 12 electronic databases to identify cross-sectional, case-control, or cohort studies reported between Jan 1, 1990, and Aug 17, 2010, with estimates of prevalence of violence against children (aged ≤18 years) with disabilities or their risk of being victims of violence compared with children without disabilities. Findings: 17 studies were selected from 10 663 references. Reports of 16 studies provided data suitable for meta-analysis of prevalence and 11 for risk. Pooled prevalence estimates were 26·7% (95% CI 13·8—42·1) for combined violence measures, 20·4% (13·4—28·5) for physical violence, and 13·7% (9·2—18·9) for sexual violence. Odds ratios for pooled risk estimates were 3·68 (2·56—5·29) for combined violence measures, 3·56 (2·80—4·52) for physical violence, and 2·88 (2·24—3·69) for sexual violence. Huge heterogeneity was identified across most estimates (I2>75%). Variations were not consistently explained with meta-regression analysis of the characteristics of the studies. Interpretation: The results of this systematic review confirm that children with disabilities are more likely to be victims of violence than are their peers who are not disabled. However, the continued scarcity of robust evidence, due to a lack of well designed research studies, poor standards of measurement of disability and violence, and insufficient assessment of whether violence precedes the development of disability, leaves gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed. Funding: WHO Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.