About Violence, Injury and Peace

Addressing violence and promoting safety and peace

The Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (VIPRU) is a partnership between the SAMRC and the University of South Africa (UNISA) to develop data-driven prevention initiatives and transferable solutions for issues of injury and violence, including the promotion of safety and peace.

The Unit seeks to enable researchers, policy makers, community-based workers, practitioners, government decision-makers and social movements to support the implementation of violence prevention, and safety and peace promotion solutions based on its research. This is achieved by sharing knowledge and data with different stakeholders in working towards safe, peaceful and violence-free communities.

Key focus areas

  • Conducting research to encourage the prevention of violence and injury, and the promotion of safety and peace;
  • Developing methodological tools to assess the prevalence of different forms of injury and violence;
  • Studying the risks and determinants of, and protectors against different types of injury and violence;
  • Studying factors that support violence prevention and promote safety and peace; and
  • Identifying and developing initiatives for violence prevention, injury control, and the promotion of safety and peace.
News & Events
    African Safety Promotion

    African Safety Promotion: Special Issue Call: Symbolic violence is a kind of power that imposes particular meanings as legitimate, while working to obscure its own foundational relations of power. Developing understandings of symbolic violence is necessary in a global context where rates of violence are alarmingly high and unevenly distributed. As articulated within a resistance framework that emphasises disruption in knowledge work, this Special Issue is conceptualised and led by a collective of doctoral students. The Special Issue is interested in scholarship that focuses on symbolic violence, how it is enacted, the means by which it conceals itself and ways through which it can be resisted. Please find a link to the Special Issue Call here.

    Latest article

    VIPRU and Childsafe SA have recently collaborated on a Safe Travel to School Project with the overall objective of making a contribution to safer minibus school travel for children. In their current issue (March 2017), the South African Medical Journal published the findings of this research and refer to initial improvements of schoolbus driver performance and safety. The horrific crashes in this industry, including the one reported in Verena, Mpumalanga on Friday, 21 April 2017, has again raised concerns about driver attributes and abilities. The SAMJ article identifies driver demographics and points to sub-optimal driving circumstances as significant contributors to unsafe driving behaviour. The use of driver safety interventions that include driver training, vehicle roadworthy modification, as well as long-term safety incentivisation are highlighted as promising interventions.

    If you have any queries please contact Prof. Ashley Van Niekerk at ashley.vanniekerk@mrc.ac.za.