UCL Computer Science


Violence, Health and Society

How can we reduce the harm to health caused by violence?

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The Team

Lead Institution: City, University of London

UCL members: Dr Leonie Tanczer

Academic collaborators: King’s College London, Lancaster University, University of Bristol, University of Warwick and Public Health Wales

Industry funders: UK Prevention Research Partnership

This project brings together a consortium of public bodies, universities and third sector organisations and aims to reduce the harms to health caused by violence by improving the data that underpins theory, policy and professional practice.

Using advanced computing techniques, the project aims to improve the integration, management and analysis of violence and health datasets and add to the global evidence base on the measurement of violence and health.

It will investigate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce violence and, consequently, reduce harms to health and health inequalities.

The project has a special focus on domestic and sexual violence as these are significant causes of inequalities in mental health, which have been relatively neglected in the scientific and statistical evidence base in the study of violence.

Specifically, it will address how to mainstream these issues across multiple sectors rather than seeing them as only of specialised concern.

The research project pursued at UCL draws on the “Gender and IoT” pilot study and will adapt and extend our metrics to capture newly identified forms of abuse facilitated by technology (technology-facilitated abuse; tech abuse).

This will be done through the integration of several administrative and survey datasets from the statutory and voluntary sector which will generate improved capacity for assessment.

The UCL team will help to answer the following research questions:

1. What is the extent of technology-facilitated abuse evident in UK datasets?

2. What is the nature of technology-facilitated abuse apparent in UK datasets?

3. What is the relationship and/or potential overlap of technology-facilitated abuse with other established concepts and measurements already existent in the field (i.e., violence, coercion, crime)?

The ‘Violence, Health and Society’ project is funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) and will span five years from 2021 to 2026.