Medics against Violence (MAV) were set up in 2008 by 3 surgeons who dealt every day with the awful consequences of violence. They wanted to prevent young people in particular being killed or becoming the victims of serious life changing injuries.
Research has shown violence is under recorded by the police. Injury surveillance helps to create a fuller picture of violence, providing agencies with more accurate data to inform the development of prevention and intervention strategies.
Domestic abuse is Scotland’s national shame. Every ten minutes the police in Scotland deal with an incident of domestic abuse but it will have taken on average 35 previous incidents of abuse before a victim feels able to report it.