Publications and briefing papers

The Violence Reduction Information Network researchers and members are involved in a number of studies relating to public space violence. Our work so far includes:

Evaluation Framework for Leicestershire and Rutland Violence Reduction Network (VRN)

This study was conducted for Leicestershire and Rutland Violence Reduction network in early 2020. The main aims were to develop a framework for the evaluation of their interventions through identifying methods for the evaluation of interventions and what input, output and outcome data were required for the evaluation.

Check out the Evaluation Framework for Leicestershire and Rutland Violence Reduction Network (VRN) Report (PDF, 2.2MB).

The motivations of offenders who carry and use acid and other corrosives in criminal acts

VRIN Director, Dr Matt Hopkins, was part of the team that conducted this Home Office funded study. Based upon analysis of 1,000 police files on corrosive substance crime and interviews with 25 offenders in prison settings who had been convicted for offences where a corrosive had been thrown.  The study identifies substances most commonly used, characteristics of survivors and suspects, reasons for the use of corrosives in crime and preventatives strategies:

Check out the Motivations of offenders who carry and use acid and other corrosives in criminal acts (PDF, 1.13MB). More can also be found on the UK Government website.