Crime prevention in common, encompasses the notion of an active approach. For instance, the idea could be expressed to enhance an adequate community awareness, to develop, implement and offer measures and programs or to call for a (national) prevention strategy. Further on, various actors in the field of crime prevention have to handle with a lot of causes and circumstances to avoid attacks, criminal / terrorist acts or other kinds of negative effects and activities.
The international PVE-Conference (former CVE-Conference) would like to make its contribution to support and promote practitioner, researcher and policy makers, which are engaged in the field of crime prevention, to share ideas and knowledge of different kinds of crime prevention; to discuss several possibilities and to foster national and international approaches and networks.
Crime Prevention embraces a lot of fields of work (violence against the elderly and children, violence in sport, radicalization etc.) Islamist, right wing and left wing extremism are only exemplary fields, but sometimes it seems that since January 2015 handling with violent extremism and especially Islamist extremism has become a part of everyday life. It is not therefore surprising that the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism ranks currently high on the international political and social agenda. Even so, it should be noted that our understanding about the impact of preventive programs and measures is still limited. There are also suitable approaches and ideas in other countries which could be transferred or implemented in a national context.
Further on, there are often interdependences and similarities between different kinds of extremism and crime prevention.
To reduce the threat of terrorism and (political) violence effectively, policy makers, researcher and practitioner need space to discuss, regional, national and international solutions and challenges as mentioned above.
Hence, the conference wants to promote the exchange of international and interdisciplinary knowledge and therefore the two days conference facilitates participants to present and discuss innovative and promising approaches, methods and findings and to extend their networks and competences for countering violence and extremism.