Violence touches every community across Australia. The consequences of violence, how best to control violence, and how to prevent violence from occurring, reflect major ongoing concerns for Commonwealth, State, and Local governments as well as the general community.
Unique in Australia, the Griffith University Violence Research and Prevention Program (VRPP) produces cutting edge knowledge about the causes and consequences of violence, and best practice approaches to understanding, controlling, and preventing violence. With its multi-disciplinary focus, the VRPP is able to address significant knowledge gaps within university, community, and government networks in Australia.
The VRPP emphasises independent, rigorous research that is relevant for enhancing knowledge and informing policy and practice. VRPP members possess extensive experience gained not only within academia, but across the public, private, and non-profit sectors, giving the VRPP unparalleled ability to identify and develop research that has practical application and policy relevance
The VRPP also includes a specialised violence prevention training program – MATE (formerly known as Mentors in Violence Prevention).
- increase knowledge and understanding about the causes, consequences, prevention and
control of violence;
- inform government departments about available evidence on effective policies and programs;
- raise public awareness and consciousness about the costs and consequences of violence,
and effective prevention strategies; and
- develop effective research collaborations and partnerships.
The VRPP focuses on conducting independent, rigorous research, including primary, secondary, evaluative, and applied research that enhances knowledge and informs policy and practice.
The VRPP has four primary functions:
Research and Evaluation
The VRPP includes pure and applied research, and opportunities for evaluating violence prevention initiatives.
The VRPP provides unique opportunities for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Additionally, the Graduate Certificate in Crime and Violence Prevention provides useful skills for individuals working in government and the practitioner community.
The VRPP enables non-academic audiences to access the latest information about various forms of violence and available evidence on best practice for prevention.
Training and Prevention
The VRPP includes expert trainers in violence prevention. The development and delivery of training workshops is a key component of this function, and incorporates the highly acclaimed ‘Mentors in Violence Prevention’ program – now known as the MATE program. This program has been delivered to a wide cross section of community groups, health professionals, schools, military, and sporting bodies throughout Australia.
Director: Professor Paul Mazerolle