Mission Statement

The Violence and Justice Research Laboratory (VJRL) supports and promotes research in the areas of violence and victimization, its impact and consequences, and the role of the justice system in addressing these issues. We have a particular focus on underserved and understudied populations, who are often particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence. Our scholarship aims to inform policy and move forward empirical knowledge as well as help develop future generations of scholars within this arena. The lab utilizes a structured mentoring system to prepare undergraduate and graduate student researchers in a variety of techniques and methodological approaches. As violence research is spread across various disciplines (psychology, criminal justice, sociology, public health, medicine, social work) the VJRL is an interdisciplinary entity, which aims to bring collaborators and students from various disciplines within the social sciences to help move forward our knowledge in these areas.


The Violence and Justice Research Laboratory is part of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University.