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Major new violence reduction research project launched

5 Jul 2021

Scotland once had the unenviable position of being the most violent country in the developed world until an innovative public health approach brought radical reductions in violent crimes in the last decade. Though territorial gangs once dominated headlines about Glasgow, today youth violence has reduced significantly.

While the Violence Reduction Unit and its various initiatives have gathered considerable attention from practitioners, politicians and the press, the reasons why certain policies worked in Scotland has remained unclear.

Now a team of researchers led by the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research will soon embark on a three-year project, funded by …

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PHYVR team present at the BSC annual conference 2021

7 Jul 2021

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On Wednesday 7th July, the PHYVR team will be presenting two papers at the British Society of Criminology annual conference 2021.

The first paper is being given by Dr. Fern Gillon, Professor Susan McVie and Dr. Alistair Fraser, with the title: The Violence Revolution? Public Health, Youth and Violence Reduction in Scotland.

The second paper, entitled: Public Health Approaches to Violence Reduction: A Case of Cross-national Policy Mobility? , is being presented by Luke Billingham, Dr. Keir Irwin-Rogers and Professor Tim Newburn.

Both papers are exploratory in nature given the early stages the research, but the team is looking forward …

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Launch of strategic briefing on public health approaches to violence reduction

6 Jul 2021

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Research in Practice have today published a strategic briefing on public health approaches to violence reduction, co-authored by PHYVR team members Alistair Fraser and Keir Irwin-Rogers.

The briefing does three main things:

  • distils the core features of public health approaches and explains their potential for reducing violence
  • outlines how system leaders can ensure they play their part in creating and implementing public health approaches to violence reduction
  • explores some of the potential problems and possible solutions associated with public health approaches

You can download the strategic briefing and read more about this piece of work here.

A public health …

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