Violence as a Contagion
Using the “violence as disease” paradigm that was established by physician Gary Slutkin (Cure Violence), our Violence As A Contagion research and community engagement endeavor is focused on how various sociocultural dynamics precede and follow the eruption of interpersonal and intimate partner violence. Recognizing violence as, most fundamentally, a public health issue, this mixed methods research considers both the micro and macro-level risk factors for violence as well as the broad galaxy of health and social consequences, framing violence as a condition that can replicate and "infect" individuals and their communities.
Focusing on violence in Chicago, New York City, and Trinidad, our work in this space is the only in our group that examines public health matters outside of a purely domestic (American) context, by instead considering the contagious dimensions of violence from a global vista. Also, taking a divergent approach from other research in this vein, our research here is specifically focused on understanding situational and contextual--rather than socioeconomic or epidemiologic--risk factors for interpersonal violence. As a systemic offshoot to this research, our research in this vein also considers the matter of structural and environmental violence and the various attendant socio-legal injustices that emerge.