Violence during and after disasters not only causes injury, trauma and death, but also undermines hope, trust and self-worth in individuals and communities.

The Canadian Red Cross is working to change this.

Predictable, Preventable, a report by the Canadian Red Cross and IFRC, is being launched today at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. It calls on disaster responders and humanitarian organizations to view violence as a public health problem, and to address it with careful planning before and after disasters strike.

The following photos demonstrate how disasters can disrupt and damage landscapes and human lives and how the Red Cross is working to address violence prevention.

 
Jean Wilfred on the destroyed streets of once-bustling downtown Port-au-Prince. January 24, 2010. Credit Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.
Jean Wilfred on the destroyed streets of once-bustling downtown Port-au-Prince. January 24, 2010. Credit Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross.
Célimène Vilaseau and her daughter in front of her tent in the camp Annexe de la Mairie in Port-au-Prince
Célimène Vilaseau and her daughter in front of her tent in the camp Annexe de la Mairie in Port-au-Prince