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Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Network

 

Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Network

 

Partnership Activities:

The Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network is an international collaboration of over 50 researchers and partners from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Asia, Europe and Australia. The goal of the initiative is to link researchers and decision-makers to produce and share knowledge that will help children, women and men exposed to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV). The three main objectives of PreVAiL are to: 1) increase knowledge about the links between mental health impairment, gender and exposure to child maltreatment and IPV, both in Canada and internationally; 2) develop interventions to prevent or reduce child maltreatment, IPV and related mental health problems; and 3) develop and use proven methods of knowledge translation and exchange to ensure that our research findings reach those who make decisions in these areas. Dr. Jeffrey Coben, director of WVU ICRC, is a Co-Principal Investigator of the PreVAiL Network.

 

Public Health Impact of Partnership:

As a network, PreVAiL’s main goal is to bring people together and facilitate developing and testing promising interventions to prevent violence, then ensuring that new knowledge is mobilized to those who make decisions in these areas. PreVAiL has implemented an entire program of research activities, networking, pilot projects, and new investigator mentoring. Noteworthy among the activities and accomplishments of PreVAiL are the setting of policy- and practice- relevant research priorities, based on known gaps in knowledge, for reducing child maltreatment and intimate partner violence and for improving mental health; the identification of promising interventions that address these priorities.

 

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