Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University

North Street
Liverpool L3 2AY
Tel: +44 (151) 231 4510
Fax: +44 (151) 231 4515
Liverpool, England

The Centre for Public Health is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention and works with WHO to support and develop violence prevention in the UK and internationally. In partnership with the North West Regional Director of Public Health and the Regional Director of the Health Protection Agency, the Centre acts as UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention. The Centre also chairs the Violence Prevention Alliance Working Group on Youth Violence, Alcohol and Nightlife. The centre seeks to promote and facilitate a public health approach to violence prevention through conducting original research, systematic literature reviews and maintaining intelligence systems for measuring and monitoring violence. In addition to violence prevention, the Centre for Public Health has a broad research, intelligence and teaching portfolio that also specializes in alcohol and drug use, sexual health, environmental health and public health intelligence.

VPA focal persons

Professor Mark Bellis

Tel: +44 (0)151 231 8766
Email: m.a.bellis@ljmu.ac.uk

Professor Mark Bellis is Director of the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University and the North West Public Health Observatory, the lead UK observatory for public health intelligence on violence, alcohol and drugs. Professor Bellis heads the Centre’s teams of academics and health professionals undertaking national and international projects addressing violence, substance use, sexual behaviour and public health intelligence. He is the UK Focal Point for Violence and Injury Prevention, chair of the VPA Working Group on Youth Violence, Alcohol and Nightlife, and directs Club Health (www.clubhealth.org.uk), an international initiative sharing good practice on nightlife health and security. Professor Bellis is a member of the Medical Research Council’s College of Public Health Experts and has acted as expert advisor on alcohol and drug use to the Department of Health, WHO, the United Nations and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

Karen Hughes

Tel: +44 (0)151 231 8723
Email: : k.e.hughes@ljmu.ac.uk

Karen Hughes is Head of Behavioural Epidemiology within the Centre for Public Health, leading a research team focusing on violence prevention and nightlife health. Her role involves developing intelligence on the extent and impacts of violence, reviewing the evidence base for what works to prevent violence, and increasing access to the knowledge and skills required to implement effective violence prevention. She also conducts original research on violence, particularly youth violence in recreational settings, and works with partner agencies to evaluate interventions and support services.