Violence Prevention Research Program

Studying the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence

In a recent commentary, Dr. Garen Wintemute calls for action by health professionals to help prevent violence, both as clinicians and as agents for systemic change.

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VPRP believes in the role of scientific research in addressing major health and social problems. We are motivated by the belief that in its very essence, violence is a violation of the fundamental human rights to life, liberty, and security of person—the right to live safely in a free society.

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California Supports Firearm Violence Research

UC Davis VPRP is the site of UCFC, the new University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. UCFC takes a long-term view of the role of scientific research in addressing major health and social problems, emphasizing applied, actionable research.

What You Can Do

The What You Can Do Initiative

What You Can Do provides resources to help health care providers talk with at-risk patients about firearm safety.

It includes information on firearm epidemiology, firearm safety, and the provider's role in firearm violence prevention, as well as educational materials and other resources.

Myths and Facts

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A priority of our work at the Violence Prevention Research Program is communicating and disseminating complex scientific research so that it is informative for intervention and actionable for decision makers.

The Joyce Foundation recently surveyed leading researchers of firearm violence prevention on their evidence-informed recommendations for reducing injuries and deaths from firearms.

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