Headquartered at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Violence Prevention Project Research Center ("The Violence Project") is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on reducing violence through research that is both accessible and geared toward action.
Our study of the life histories of mass shooters, first funded by the National Institute of Justice, received awards, acclaim, and global media attention. Our K-12 School Shooting Database is a go-to resource for journalists, researchers, and policymakers. Current projects include a study of the changing nature of homicide in the Twin Cities and a national survey of gun violence exposure.
The Violence Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center at Hamline University dedicated to reducing mass shooting and violence in society by using data analysis to improve public policy and practice.
Peterson, Densley, Riedman, Spaulding, & Malicky recently published an exploration of K–12 school shooting threats in the United States in the Journal of Threat Assessment and Management. Summary of the paper's key findings was also published by K-12 Dive.
Dr. Peterson and Dr. Densley have also published findings based on 133 cases in the K-12 School Shooting Database where more than one person was intentionally shot in a school building during between 1980 to 2019. Analysis focused on offender motive, an armed guard on scene during the shooting, and the number and type of firearms the perpetrator used. Findings of the study are published in the JAMA Open Network.