Her evidence, which draws upon her own
research into homicide and violence, will call for the Government to
tackle the structural drivers of violent crime such as poverty,
unemployment, exclusion from mainstream society and the development of
She will also point out that the public
health approach to tackling knife crime has not yet been proven to work
in the UK.
She will suggest that more qualitative research with young people to improve our understanding of the diverse and complex motives for knife carrying and involvement in violence is needed as well as better use of existing research of the factors at play in the micro-situational environment in which violence is played out (such as the role of reputation, a range of emotions, adversary and weapons effects).
Fiona Brookman is Professor of Criminology
and Director of the Centre for Criminology at the University of South
Using predominantly qualitative research methods, her research focuses on the dynamics and causes of homicide and violence, violence reduction and the police investigation of homicide. Her evidence draws upon her own research, other academic research in this field as well as a review of recent government, police and youth justice documents.