the science of violence

the science of violence

building personal and community resilience



To empower practitioners and professionals to work safely and effectively with complex needs in the community while actively contributing to a non-violent world.

Science of violence is a social action brand that provides robust training and consultancy services in the serious youth violence sector specialising in capacity-building projects at community level that provide the skills and confidence needed to work safely and effectively with escalating violence.

Science of violence was developed by Dinah Senior, an early pioneer of trauma-informed practice and gender consideration in the serious youth violence sector with over fifteen years experience of innovation in the front line.  

I would literally recommend this workshop to everyone from youth professionals down to the man/woman at the bus stop.
— Peer Advocate, The Asian Centre Waltham Forest


Sadly there is no shortage of research demonstrating that violence is on the rise across the UK and that we are failing as a society to protect victims of violence in particular when those victims are children.

"The warning lights are flashing" Metropolitan Police Commissioner, January 2017

knife crimes reported (2016)
incidents of self-harm recorded in prisons in England & Wales (2016)
rapes reported (2016)
33% 33%
percentage of rape crisis users under the age of 25
children in the UK sexually abused
increase in violent crime in London and South East (2016)
What an experience. I have learned so much , thank you for creating a safe space for such amazing work.
— Counsellor, Waltham forest


72% 29%
72% of children released from custody go on to reoffend (Barnardos 2014)
50% 29%
50% of children in youth custody come from the foster or residential care system(Lord Laming Review 2016)
34% 29%
34% of children in custody have a mental health disorder (Barnardos 2014)
I have gained so many tools and models to draw from and my awareness of self and the impact I can have on others is priceless. Thank you.
— Gang Worker, Brent


Science of violence provides bespoke training for public sector agencies, frontline practitioners, vulnerable communities as well as general audiences interested in building resilience to violence in all its forms from bullying to violent crime.

Learning outcomes for training programmes and workshops can be provided on request, competitive rates apply.

This course covered information in a way which opened my eyes to the kind of things young people might share. Exposure to that alone makes me better equipped to listen and respond to young people’s experiences.
— Bereavement Counsellor, Waltham Forest


Mentoring Programme in Partnership with Community Turf

  • Community mentoring and employment-access project developed in partnership with Community Turf, KNI Foundation and The Asian Centre in London Borough of Waltham Forest (LBWF)
  • Funded by LBWF as part of its Gang Prevention Programme “Enough is Enough” positively evaluated by Cordis Bright
  • Delivered to an intergenerational multi-faith group wanting to work with young people affected by gang association, serious violence, child sexual exploitation and radicalisation
  • Provision of 30 hours of science of violence skills training for two cohorts of thirty community mentors
  • Supervision of mentoring placements within local schools and PRU for participants
The work delivered by Community Turf is so obviously vibrant and effective.
— Tim Clapton, Near Neighbours, Waltham Forest


This TEDx talk by the inspirational Dinah Senior is really worth seeing. Dinah led our Safeguarding Training for the McKShelter Project which was the singularly most transformative experience of my life.
— Sara Bagwell, McKinsey & Company



This training has had a lasting impact on me in my personal life as well as and the way that I now work professionally.
— President of the Muslim Teachers'Association


If you would like to discuss science of violence services or you would like to help fund a capacity building project in the community please contact us using the details below. 

We look forward to hearing from you and to making a difference together.


Dinah Senior
07904 128278