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Structural Violence and Health

Structural violence, also known as indirect violence, is a hidden, mostly unacknowledged form of violence that is embedded within the longstanding, normal, everyday roles of societal policy and stabilized institutions. Structural violence is primarily invisible because it is difficult to pinpoint and to hold one person accountable for unequal access to resources. As a result, this form of violence is continually perpetuated as these stabilized structures leave disadvantaged individuals and marginalized populations powerless and on a continuous, harmful path.

Several types of structural violence exist (e.g., social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental). Each type of structural violence can be viewed through a health lens to reveal health inequities that are present in society. This he origins of the term structural violence has its roots in the ...

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