Paris – Street violence, or violence committed by youth groups in public spaces is often mentioned by European cities as one of their priority issues in terms of security. In many cities, they are responsible for a large proportion of anti-social behaviour, crime and violence. Apart from the danger posed by these groups, whose violence is often directed at peers and other groups or gangs, their presence and visibility in public spaces often create a feeling of insecurity among the population.
While there are throughout Europe a number of practices and policies as well as academic literature on the subject, this pool of knowledge and know-how has remained largely untapped because the information is scattered and not easily accessible.
True to its ambition to capitalise knowledge and make it accessible to policymakers, practitioners and researchers, the European Forum for Urban Security’s (Efus) has undertaken the EU Street Violence project with the Belgian and Spanish Forums for Prevention and Urban Security, the Emilia Romagna Region (Italy), the British National Communty Safety Network and the French information engineering NGO Psytel. Co-financed by the European Commission’s Daphne III programme, the project gathered knowledge, policies, practices and academic literature in an online database available under www.streetviolence.eu.
The publication EU Street Violence: Youth Groups and Violence in Public Spaces presents the results of the project. It aims to give local decision makers a better understanding of the issues at stake and of the different policy options and strategies that are available for the inclusion of young people as individuals and members of groups.
The publication includes contributions from experts who summarise the insights they have gained from the project and share their analyses from the database along with their recommendations and practices. Experts from Efus and the Belgian, Spanish and French national Forums for urban security contribute, along with the sociologist, Marwan Mohammed, the expert in gender Marie-Dominique de Suremain (Psytel, France), Portuguese consultant Franciso Empis, experts from the region of Emilia Romagna (Italy), Andy Mills of the National Community Safety Network (NCSN, UK), and respected academics from the Universities of Tubingen and Amsterdam (VU) and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement.
The EU Street Violence: Youth Groups and Violence in Public Spaces publication (English/ Spanish and French/Italian) is available to Efus members on the online platform Efus Network (click here) .