Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network
A safe community is a place that is attractive to live, work and visit. A safe community is a liveable community, where people can go about their daily activities in an environment without fear, risk of harm or injury. Perceptions of community safety, real or perceived, impact on the way people feel and interact in their community. Community safety is not only about reducing and preventing injury and crime. It is about building strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.
Injuries are a global public health problem, more than 5 million people die each year from injuries. The Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN) has been established by representatives from four countries (New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada) that have for the past 20 years or more been involved in the International Safe Communities Network (ISCN) as well as local Safe Community networks as Designated Safe Communities, Affiliate or Certifying Centres. Collectively there are around 95 Designated (international/regional/national) Safe Communities in New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada. There are also 40 additional communities in the pipeline at different stages of community and/or application development for designation as Safe Communities.
PPSCN works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) pending designation as an NGO with official relationship with WHO. WHO Department of Noncommunicable Disease, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention best practice guidelines, resources and short courses on violence and injury prevention are available.