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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine (WIPM)

Violence prevention

The Violence Prevention Research Unit (VPRU) studied the epidemiology of violent individuals; investigated links between psychopathology and violence; developed methods to estimate risk of future violence; and operationalised decision support for managing violence risk.

VPRU was a member of the WHO Violence Prevention Alliance and was active in the development of preventive interventions at the secondary & tertiary levels.

The Unit focused on research into the epidemiology and prevention of violence. It investigated causal mechanisms that explain violent behaviour in mental health care settings, with an emphasis on the links between violence and both severe mental illness and personality disorder. It evaluated the effectiveness of mental health care services in preventing violence.

The Unit closed in late 2016 but some of the work undertaken by VPRU is continuing to be developed by Professor Bhui and Dr Freestone.