Violence and Social Development

Why reducing interpersonal violence is key for development of stable societies

Violence not only inflicts pain and suffering on the individual but also has far reaching consequences for governance and societal developments. Adverse effects of violence on health, human capital, norms, trust and institutions can be observed. Development studies have mostly concentrated on organised violent conflict (collective violence) and given little attention to the developmental consequences of interpersonal violence. Homicides, (sexual) assaults and domestic violence are far more prevalent and arguably pose greater challenges to societal development. In high income countries the levels of such violence have been considerably reduced over the past three decades. 

In our research project Violence Prevention within Families our goal is to reduce violence against children within the home by training parents/ caregivers on positive parenting practives. This project will adopt the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and will contribute towards sustainable development goal 16.2. This goal seeks to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Specifically we aim to reduce proportion of children who experience any physical punishment or aggression by parents/caregivers.