The Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) – announces the creation of a new database and library to assist injury and violence scientists and practitioners. The project was led by Carol Runyan, PhD at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) Program with funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Drs. Andrea Gielen, Fred Rivara, Karin Mack, and David Lawrence, rounded out the team.

To date, the project has created an initial compendium of recent non-proprietary instruments and data collection forms (surveys, questionnaires, assessment forms, etc.) addressing selected topics in unintentional child injury. Dr. Lawrence, Director of the SafetyLit® Foundation, Inc., will continue to build and maintain the database going forward. Ultimately, the team seeks to expand the database to include all injury and violence topics and instruments suitable for research and evaluation of both child and adult injury and injury risk-factors issues.

The purpose of the SAVIR Instrument Library is to enhance consistency in data collection across projects so that when evaluators or researchers are planning new projects they don’t “reinvent the wheel”. Ultimately, the goal is to enhance the quality of research and evaluation in the field, while also increasing efficiency.

View a sample SAVIR Instrument Library record.

To search the Instrument Library go to the SafetyLit Advanced Search Page, enter your search term and (using the publication limit drop-down menu) select “Research Forms and Instruments”. To view all instruments in the library, enter “Instrument:” (without the quotation marks) in the Textword(s) Exact field, limit your search as above and click Search Archive.

Further information about how you can provide your form or instrument will be available soon.

David W. Lawrence, Ph.D., Director of the SafetyLit Foundation
Beverly E. Kingston, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

The VioLit database lost its funding and ceased adding new content several years ago. Now the VioLit database site is unavailable. Its contents have been transferred to the SafetyLit database.

VioLit, as the abbreviated title indicates, has been a bibliographic database about violence literature published by Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), a research program of the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. This database covers information about violence, primarily juvenile violence, from books, literature reviews, journal articles and reports. In recent years, funding problems have delayed posting of VioLit updates. For some time, the database has been off-line.

SafetyLit is a free service presented without advertising by the SafetyLit Foundation in cooperation with the Department of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University and the World Health Organization. SafetyLit has always had a broad focus that covers unintentional injuries and self-harm as well as interpersonal violence.

Although VioLit and SafetyLit have always had some overlap in contents, each has violence-related material that was not in the other. Further, the VioLit records contain the added value of keywords and index terms that enhance searching. Also, many VioLit records have expanded abstracts with useful commentary added by CSPV staff. When we found overlapping items, the VioLit expanded summaries and keywords were added to the SafetyLit records. The VioLit keyword system terms have been added to the SafetyLit thesaurus.

Many libraries continue to include VioLit among their links to free bibliographic databases. These VioLit links are forwarded to the UC Boulder, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence homepage. Although a link to the SafetyLit database may be found there, we recommend that libraries add a direct link to the SafetyLit database at

See the announcement on the Special Libraries Association Social Science Division website: