Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Allison J. Foley
In 1992, scholars at the University of Colorado at Boulder formed the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). Under the direction of Dr. Delbert Elliott, this multidisciplinary organization works to compile and disseminate information on youth violence and the policies and programs related to its prevention. In the 1990s, when the CSPV was founded, youth violence had become an increasing concern. Rates of youth violence appeared to be rising faster than ever before. In the 1980s, gang and drug-related violence in urban, high-poverty areas became increasingly visible. These high-crime, high-poverty areas were largely populated by racial minorities, especially African Americans, linking race and crime together in the minds of many. Many scholars began work designed to better understand the purported relationship between race and crime. The CSPV began a number of research projects aimed at developing a general understanding of the various forms of youth violence, with ...