Through research, we develop, inform and report on good practice for practitioners, as well as contributing to the advancement of the academic field of violence and traumatic stress. The goal is to prevent and reduce the health and social consequences of violence and traumatic stress.
- Research and development
- Communication: teaching, academic supervision and counselling
Our centre’s approach is interdisciplinary, including medical, psychological, social, cultural and judicial fields. Central to our research are age, ethnicity and gender factors.
The Norwegian Directorate of Health has assigned NKVTS national responsibility for health emergency preparedness in case of terrorism and disasters.
Fields of expertise
- Violence and abuse in close relationships
- Disasters, terror and stress management
- Forced migration and refugee health
NKVTS collaborates with regional resource teams within the field of violence and trauma, as well as other relevant clinical groups, research institutions and assistance services nationally and internationally.
The centre does not operate at a clinical level, but the research is beneficial for those who work with individuals exposed to violence, abuse and other trauma.
More than 25% of NKVTS’ peer-review production is done with researchers from other countries. We initiate and participate in international, collaborative projects, such as RefugeesWellSchool, Violence against women migrants and refugees, and PROTECT: Prospective Research On Terrorist Events.
NKVTS employees are board members of both the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). NKVTS is an active participant in the Arq Psychotrauma Collaborative Europe (APCE), exchanging research ideas and initiating projects between leading European institutions.
NKVTS held the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence (ECDV) in Oslo in September 2019, with more than 800 delegates from 41 countries.
A better life for those affected by violence and trauma
The managing director at NKVTS is Inger Elise Birkeland.
The following sections are responsible for research and development:
- Section for Violence and Trauma – Children and Youth.
Head of section: Carolina Øverlien
- Section for Violence and Trauma – Adults and Elderly.
Head of section: Solveig Bergman
- Section for Trauma, Catastrophes and Forced Migration – Children and Youth.
Head of section: Grete Dyb
- Section for Trauma, Catastrophes and Forced Migration – Adults and Elderly.
Head of section: Ragnhild Elise Johansen
- Section for Implementation and Treatment Research.
Head of section: Ane-Marthe Solheim Skar (substitute)
The centre has the following support staff:
- Communication. Head of department: Thorbjørn Laundal
- Research and administration. Head of department: Elisabet Lillian Gustad
The Board consists of seven members and alternate members.
The Ministry of Health and Care Services, Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Ministry of Children and Families are the primary financers of NKVTS. NKVTS also has projects financed by the Norwegian Research Council, EU, and others.
Other agencies and institutions can order the centre’s services. In these cases, NKVTS will evaluate each request separately, to see if it is within our scope of expertise and capacity to be of service.