NoSchoolViolence Research Institute

The NSVRI is multidisciplinary research studio that combines a variety of theory models, advanced kinds of data studies causes, consequences and prevention of interpersonal violence as well as other social phenomena needing data solutions thinking. The NSVRI takes a strong interest in advancing quantitative methodologies for the study of violence and conducts longitudinal studies, experimental studies, programm evaluations, epidemiological surveys and cross-national comparative studies.

Our research is based on an approach that combines theoretical findings with empirical data. We work closely with academics and policy-making institutions, both nationally and internationally, to disseminate our research and promote the debate on violence prevention. We wan to work closely with leading experts, policy-making institutions and globally based civil society organizations.

We base our research on the following five violence premises:

1.    Most behaviors – including violent behavior – are actually acquired or learned.

2.    Most of this learning is not intentional or classroom-based; rather, learned. behaviors come from modeling, observing, imitating, or copying. (This is sometimes called social learning.)

3.    Most of this social learning is unconscious – meaning behaviors are picked up without our awareness of it.  Exposure to violence increases one’s risk of becoming violent, transmitting from one person to another in the same manner as a contagious disease.

4.    Neurological events mediate this contagion and there are additional physiological effects from both witnessing and trauma that accelerate the contagion.

5.    Social norms, scripts, and perceived social expectations further exacerbate this contagion by encouraging violent behavior to spread.