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Welcome to the Center for the Study of Violence.

The Center was established at Georgetown University and is now an independent institute.

It was designed to conduct research on the causes of violence in youth, young adults and adults, to conduct intervention programs that will reduce violent behavior and to provide education and consulting to communities and organizations on the topic of violence and its reduction.

The Center was designed to:

  • Provide youth violence prevention and intervention programs
  • Conduct research on the causes and prevention of violence
  • Provide advice and consultation to schools, colleges and universities to assist them in their efforts to prevent violence amongst their students
  • Provide education to individuals, families, schools, colleges, and communities regarding the causes and prevention of youth violence
  • Produce publications on the topic of violence and its causes and prevention

Previous and Current Projects of the Center Include:


September 11th Project:
Reactions to Terrorism

The September 11th Project was initiated by GCSV in order to better understand the reactions of adolescents and young adults to the events of September 11th.

We were especially interested in how people discovered ways to cope with the fear, anger, and despair which these events evoked—to understand the naturally occurring strategies that people discovered in order to deal with these events, often in the absence of previous experience with this degree of threat or perceived threat, and often without professional intervention or recommendation.

The sample of interviews from the September 11th Project capture a wide range of reaction, reflection, strength, and courage.


The Georgetown Youth Violence Symposium

The Georgetown Youth Violence Symposium, an event which brought together researchers, policymakers and legislators to consider, and create greater understanding among these entities and groups, held in November 1999 with large attendance.


Cyclical Tragedies

Cyclical Tragedies: How Media, Politicians, and The Public Misunderstand Violence–And How To Protect Our Families, Schools, Workplaces, and Communities. Upcoming book by Dr. Lipman, 2008.

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