Violence, in all its forms, today constitutes a vast field of research in sociology, and in the social sciences. But the same is not true of preventing and exiting violence, which do not have their own well-structured space within the humanities. Much more empirical than theoretical, understanding of these issues is produced more by actors (NGOs, associations), experts, and practitioners than by social science scholars.
Dr. Angela Muvumba Sellström is an Assistant Professor and Researcher at Uppsala University’s Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Sweden, where she teaches gender, peace and conflict studies, leads international training programmes in dialogue and mediation and contributes to research on international interventions and civil wars. She has been the Principal Investigator for the Project on Preventing Sexual Violence, funded by the Swedish Research Council and has over 17 years of policy research experience.
Despite violence being a major theme in the humanities and social sciences, and the subject of a great deal of research, these disciplines are much less likely to tackle the issues of exiting violence and violence prevention.
This report presents a gendered approach to understanding violence and ways of exiting violence. It emphasises the importance of studying violence in the private and public spheres, as well as gender-based violence wherever it may occur. These different types of violence are linked by the thread of gender and can be analysed under the concept of the 'continuum of violence'.