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.
End Violence

A focus on gender equality and inequality and on gender violence, particularly on promoting values and practices of gender equality and nonviolence among teachers, children, is necessary in light of the levels violence in the country. Families and schools are key spaces where ideas about gender, gender inequality and violence are constructed, transmitted and absorbed. However these sites are also where ideas and practices of equality and non-violence are taught, learned and circulated.

End Violence: Talk to your Children about Gender Equality” is a public awareness and knowledge and skills project which focuses on the talking about gender, violence as well as gender equality and inequality. The project is an extension of research on “Doing masculinities and femininities at home: Gender (in)equitable parenting in patriarchal and feminist families” which investigated the ways in which gender is constructed in families.

The aim is to support parents, teachers, and children with knowledge, skills and resources to learn and engage in discussions about gender, bodies, consent, violence, equality and inequality. To this end, we have developed and conducted workshops on gender inequality and equality, bodies, consent as well as violence and non-violence; and developed and disseminated resources (namely a pamphlet, a kids’ comic story book, and animated videos).

The desired outcomes of the project are to increase knowledge of gender equality, bodies, consent, violence and non-violence in order to promote more egalitarian behaviour and reduce violence.

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    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.