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AVA Statements


The Academy on Violence & Abuse joins health professionals around the world in condemning racism. As recent events remind us, racism fuels hatred, violence and death. Racism also has a profound impact on the health of those suffering under the weight of bigotry. It is not enough, though, to express our outrage or to join in mourning those who have died. We must also proactively respond to systemic racism and biases of any kind. We are committed to exploring this topic at our annual Global Health Summit and to advancing concrete steps to stem the tide of racism and to join our members and our colleagues around the world in this effort. We believe that black lives matter. We also believe that we must support this sentiment with action.