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Institute Overview

Our world-class violence researchers here at Tulane have worked to find the causes of violence and its devastating impact. With the creation of the Violence Prevention Institute (VPI), Tulane brings together the top minds in our community to focus on how we can solve this enormously complicated and cross-cutting problem. The VPI will focus its research on violence in our city and across the world.  It will also help us solve the problem of violence in our own community at Tulane by addressing the prevalence of sexual assault and domestic violence revealed by our 2017 campus climate survey.   We will only find the answers when we work together across disciplines, engage with community partners and collectively make this a clear priority. 

If we didn't want to think big, work hard, and make history - we wouldn't be Tulane.

- President Mike Fitts, Tulane University         




Vision: To understand the causes of violence so that we can discover how to prevent it.

Mission: The Violence Prevention Institute brings together scholars, practitioners, and researchers across diverse fields, breaking down traditional silos to gain new insights into the causes and consequences of violence from all perspectives: from the wiring of the brain, to the family, neighborhood, and broader society. Our research, teaching, and community participation focus on preventing and reducing violence in New Orleans and around the world.




The VPI is housed in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Dept. of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences and can support members of the Tulane community interested in the following:

  • Connecting with Tulane's deep bench of violence prevention faculty for possible teaching and/or research collaboration opportunities
  • Learning about violence-related events across the University and other violence-related resources
  • Identifying local community organizations working on violence prevention for possible field-based experiences and other collaborations

Areas of Focus