The Averted School Violence (ASV) Project
Welcome to The Averted School Violence (ASV) Project. The ASV Project was originally developed at the National Policing Institute under the direction of Dr. Frank Straub, who now serves as the Senior Director of Violence Prevention Research and Programs at Safe and Sound Schools. ASV was established in 2016, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and provides a database of averted and completed school attacks in an access-controlled environment for authorized users – typically school officials, school safety team members, and law enforcement personnel. The database houses hundreds of cases of violence averted, lives saved, and lessons learned in prevention.
The ASV Project provides foundational evidence-based research to support efforts to stop targeted school attacks by building sustainable, community-based prevention and intervention services, education, and consultation services.
The ASV database is major component of the research pillar of Prevent 2 Protect: The Adolescent Targeted Violence Prevention Project. With funding and support from the Michigan Department of Education, Prevent 2 Protect, a collaboration between Safe and Sound Schools and the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry is poised to expand, add in-depth case studies, comprehensive analysis, resources, trainings, and annual reports to support Michigan and national school safety efforts in the prevention of school violence.
Motorola Solutions Foundation provides financial support to the Averted School Violence Project.
Frank Straub, PhD
Senior Director of Violence Prevention Research and Programs