At the World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1996, violence was declared a leading public health problem worldwide. The World Health Organization defines violence as:
The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.
In the 2002 World Report on Violence and Health, the WHO classifies types of violence in an effort to address each separate type. They are: