Critical perspectives in violence prevention

Research focus

The group conducts research about violence and violence prevention in the field of health and welfare, with critical perspectives as the analytical point of departure. A key issue is how different forms of inequality and social categorizations contribute to violence and victimization. Furthermore, how knowledge about such processes can be put into practice through prevention interventions aimed at individuals, groups, organizations, in the local community or at the national level. The research concerns both universal prevention efforts and selective or indicated efforts aimed at specific risk groups or situations where violence is already and problem. In the latter case, the question becomes how to limit the negative effects of violence, prevent further violence and how to contribute to processes of recovery. The critical engagement with different forms of inequality and social categorizations forms a shared theoretical point of departure, while the different research projects concern a wide range of empirical areas and phenomena. For example, some projects concern the intersection between age (child-adult relations) and gender in child protection work or in encounters with intimate partner violence, some the intersection between gender, age and ethnicity when tackling honour related violence; or masculinity and health in forensic psychiatric care, or age and gender in institutional care of young people.


Children’s welfare foundation Sweden , Eskilstuna local authority , Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters/Finland , University of Gothenburg , Men for gender equality , National Board of Health and Welfare (Sweden) , The Swedish National Agency for Education , Stockholm University , City of Stockholm , Örebro University , THL/Institute for Health and Welfare/Finland