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Toronto's entertainment district 'hot-spot' for violence-related injuries
Date:1/26/2010

st-end, mid-town, and northwest and east of the downtown core.

  • Between midnight and 4 a.m., the most prominent ''hot spot'' for ambulance dispatches for assault injuries shifted to a southwest downtown area, known as the 'Entertainment District. This part of Toronto has relatively few residents with a high density of bars and social clubs.

  • Assault-related injuries peaked during the night and early morning hours. One-quarter of all ambulance dispatches happened between 8 p.m. and midnight, another quarter between midnight and 4 a.m.

  • The location of violent injury which occurred during the day was generally close to the victim's home address. But this changed later on, when injury locations shifted to "nightlife districts" that did not correspond with the victims' home addresses.

    "One of the most interesting things we discovered is that patterns of urban assault-related injury are always changing," says Dr. Cusimano. "The location of injuries shifted over timefrom low income areas during daylight and early evening hours to areas of higher income, lower residential density and higher densities of drinking establishments at night."

    The researchers think the observed shift to night-life districts has implications for preventive interventions such as policy, law enforcement and strategies aimed at alcohol and drug use not only in Toronto but in large cities all over the world that have "entertainment districts".


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  • Contact: Julie Saccone
    sacconej@smh.toronto.on.ca
    416-864-5047
    St. Michael's Hospital
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