VPA project groups

The VPA includes Process Project Groups, working on cross-cutting areas, and Technical Project Groups, focusing on specific content areas.

Process working groups

Assets database project group
Leader: Maria Valenti (mvalenti@ippnw.org – IPPNW);
Aim: To maintain and expand a searchable online database which catalogues the assets and resources of VPA participants that they are willing to share with other VPA participants. This should serve to strengthen the network and enhance collaboration among VPA participants. The database will also eventually map the network of networks constituted by the VPA.

Communications project group
Leaders: Michael Feigelson (Michael.Feigelson@bvleerf.nl – Bernard van Leer Foundation) and Alexander Butchart (butcharta@who.int – WHO);
Aim: To promote the uptake of evidence-informed violence prevention strategies through effective and carefully targeted communications campaigns aimed at policy makers which make the case for increasing the political priority of and investment in violence prevention.

Training project group
Leaders: Jerry Reed (jreed@edc.org – Education Development Center) and Berit Kieselbach (kieselbachb@who.int – WHO);
Aim: To serve as a resource to the VPA and the violence prevention field for information on training and related activities to advance global violence prevention efforts.

Technical project groups

Criminal justice liaison group
Leaders: John Carnochan (john.carnochan@strathclyde.pnn.police.uk – Violence Reduction Unit of Scotland) and Jonathan Shepherd (shepherdjp@cardiff.ac.uk – University of Wales, College of Medicine);
Aim: To increase collaboration between the criminal justice/law enforcement and public health sectors at all levels, from local to international; to encourage the development of a shared agenda; to promote joint evidence-based violence prevention activities informed by the public health approach, with a view to improving the effectiveness of violence prevention, reducing the violence-related burden on health and criminal justice systems, and strengthening communities.

Violence prevention: an invitation to intersectoral collaboration

Parenting project group
Leaders: Cathy Ward (Cathy.Ward.SA@gmail.com – Safety and Violence Initiative, University of Cape Town), Theresa Kilbane (tkilbane@unicef.org – UNICEF), and Christopher Mikton (miktonc@who.int – WHO);
Aim: To advocate for reductions in the incidence of violence against children through increasing effective parenting. In view of the small evidence-base that is applicable to low- and middle-income countries, its work will have a particular focus on those regions. Increasing parenting capacity promotes healthy child development as a whole (for instance, better parenting leads to improved educational outcomes), and the synergies created by good parenting early in life reduce the likelihood of violence and aggression later in life.

Research agenda project group
Leader: Harriet MacMillan (macmilnh@mcmaster.ca – PreVAiL);
Aim: To establish a consensus-based list of research priorities for global violence prevention for the next five years on behalf of the VPA.


Secretariat of the Violence Prevention Alliance
Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland
Phone: +41 22 791 2064
Fax: +41 22 791 4489
Email: violenceprevention@who.int