Maine Injury Prevention Program

Intentional Injury:

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The term "intentional" is used to refer to injuries resulting from purposeful human action, whether directed at oneself or others. Intentional injuries include self inflicted and interpersonal acts of violence intended to cause harm.

Major risk factors for intentional injuries from interpersonal or self-inflicted violence include:

  • Access to firearms,
  • History of interpersonal violence,
  • Alcohol abuse,
  • Mental illness, and
  • Poverty.

Suicide and domestic violence are more common than homicide in Maine.

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