The Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU) is a partnership between the South Africa Medical Research Council and University of South Africa (UNISA).
VIPRU undertakes trans-disciplinary, critically-oriented public health research and interventions. Our major focus is on data-driven prevention initiatives and transferable solutions for priority injury and violence issues, including peace and safety promotion.
The objectives of VIPRU are to:
- Conduct trans-disciplinary research to champion peace and safety promotion, as well as violence and injury prevention;
- Develop appropriate tools to assess the magnitude, trends and occurrence of crime, injuries and violence, and conditions promotive of safety and peace;
- Study the risks, causes and determinants of crime, violence and injuries, and factors supportive of safety and peace;
- Identify, support and develop primary prevention, injury control, and safety and peace promotion demonstration initiatives;
- Encourage research translation to inform the prevention and promotive work of governments and social movements; and
- Build primary prevention, and safety and peace promotion research and intervention expertise among researchers, policy-drivers, community-based workers and practitioners
VIPRU recently co-hosted the First South African National Conference on Violence. The Conference highlighted the need for a Strategic Framework for Violence Prevention which is urgently required for the coordination of civil society, the research community and government efforts around a consensually driven programme of priority safety actions. An Integrated Strategic Framework for the Prevention of Injury and Violence, focusing on the prevention of violence, alongside other key causes of injury, has already been developed with the NDOH and wide sectoral support, but requires urgent consideration as regards an expedited implementation.