Violence, Health and Society

UKPRP award £7.1 million for 5 years, with additional in-kind investment from the consortium’s partners

The Violence, Health and Society Consortium (VISION) aims to reduce the violence that harms health by improving the measurement and analysis of data on violence.

Our research

Improving the data needed to develop better interventions to reduce violence and thereby improve health is the aim of the Violence, Health and Society Consortium.  Improving and integrating fragmented data with a shared framework is core to our work.  Better and more integrated data will be used to test and develop theory and to assess which interventions are more effective.  Violence causes harms to health: by helping to reduce violence, the Consortium reduces health inequalities and improves the health of the population.  We have special interest in domestic and sexual violence, which are neglected in the evidence base despite public concern.   We are developing cooperation between academics and practitioners, Universities and policy makers, data providers and data users.  The Consortium will: 1. Develop a theory of change of violence, health and society applying a complex systems approach. 2. Improve measurement by applying and developing a measurement framework for violence and abuse to enable system-wide collaboration, across disciplines and practitioner communities, and to overcome existing fragmentation. 3. Integrate and link data from multiple sources. 4. Investigate causal pathways between violence, health and society, including those associated with inequalities including gender. 5. Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of intervention systems.

Consortium members

VISION, Violence, Health and Society, engages:

  • Co-investigators with expertise across the social and health sciences, in Sociology, Public Health, Primary Care, Criminology, Psychiatry, Security, Gender Studies, Economics, Law, Political Science, Computer Science, Social Statistics, Epidemiology, Health Informatics, and Public Policy
  • Providers of data on violence, including Office for National Statistics, Public Health Wales, Women’s Aid, Refuge, Safe Lives, Rape Crisis, Imkaan, Respect, Lancashire Constabulary, and National Centre for Domestic Violence.
  • Users of data on violence, including the Department for Health and Social Care, Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Commissioner for Domestic Abuse, Commissioner for Victims, Commissioner for Anti-Slavery, Public Health England, the National Police Chief’s Council lead for violence and vulnerability, and the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network.

Estela Capelas Barbosa

Senior Lecturer in Health Economics

University of Bristol

Mark Bellis

Director of Research and Innovation

Liverpool John Moores University

Elizabeth Cook

Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Violence and Society Centre

City, University of London

Jessica Corsi

Senior Lecturer in Law, Violence and Society Centre

City, University of London

Brian Francis

Professor of Social Statistics

Lancaster University

Vanessa Gash

Reader in Sociology

City, University of London

Louise Howard

Professor in Women’s Mental Health

King's College London

Leslie Humphreys

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Policing, School of Law and Policing

University of Central Lancashire

Alexandria Innes

Senior Lecturer in International Politics, Violence and Society Centre

City, University of London

Natalia Lewis

Senior Research Fellow in Primary Care, Bristol Medical School

University of Bristol

Sally McManus

Interim Director of the Violence and Society Centre

City, University of London

Sian Oram

Reader in Women’s Mental Health

King's College London

Angus Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics

King's College London

Debra Salmon

Dean, School of Health Sciences

City, University of London

Robert Stewart

Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology & Clinical Informatics

King's College London

Leonie Tanczer

Associate Professor in International Security and Emerging Technologies

University College London

Ravinder Thiara

Professor of Sociology

University of Warwick