Video Violence Group

Video Violence Group studies real-life violent encounters using video recordings of conflicts in public places. The aim of our work is to understand what people do when they become a part of a conflict, the conditions that bring about their behavior, and the consequences of their actions for the way the conflict unfolds.

We are an international research group based at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen and Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR).

Video violence

In our research, we use video data recorded with CCTV and body cameras in several countries, including Denmark, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and South Africa. We analyze the behavior of perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and law enforcement agents, situated in contexts of street violence, robberies, public transport, and prisons.

All our projects aim to convey basic research knowledge about patterns of violence, which can be useful for the development of crime preventive practices.




List of projects within the Video Violence Group:

  • Vidi project: Conflicts, Violence and Bystanders in Action
  • Bystander agency and apathy
  • Bystander Actions in Violence
  • Prevention of Aggression in Conflicts in Public Transport
  • Reduction of threats and violence through systematic analysis of conflict behavior among prison officers and ticket controllers
  • Robbery in Spotlight: Effect of victim resistance and bystander behavior on violence during robberies
  • Violence in the Street, Violence of the Street - Street Violence in a Situational Perspective

Read more about the projects here







Latest publications

Liebst, L. S., Richard, P., Levine, M. & Lindegaard, M. R. Cross-National CCTV Footage Shows Low Victimization Risk for Bystander Interveners in Public Conflicts. Psychology of Violence.

Liebst, L. S., Lindegaard, M. R., & Bernasco, W. (2019). Dissecting the role of dominance in robberies: An analysis and implications for microsociology of violence. Journal of interpersonal violence.

Liebst, L. S., Ejbye-Ernst, P., Philpot, R., Heinskou, M. B., Demant, J., Dausel, K. L., & Lindegaard, M. R. (2019). Intervention or Involvement: A Video Observational Analysis of Bouncers in Aggressive Encounters. Deviant Behavior

Friis, C. B., Liebst, L. S., Philpot, R., & Lindegaard, M. R. (2020). Ticket inspectors in action: Body-worn camera analysis of aggressive and nonaggressive passenger encounters. Psychology of Violence

View a full list of publications from the group here






















Group members

Internal researchers

Name Title Phone E-mail
Friis, Camilla Bank Postdoc +4535326632 E-mail
Liebst, Lasse Suonperä Associate Professor   E-mail

Head of group

Marie Rosenkrantz Lindegaard
Associate professor
Department of Sociology
University of Copenhagen
Telephone: +45 35 33 19 07

External researchers

Name Title
Wim Bernasco PhD, senior researcher (NSCR) and professor (VU University Amsterdam)
Don Weenink Associate professor (University of Amsterdam)
Virginia Pallante PhD, postdoc (NSCR)
Lisa van Reemst Postdoc (NSCR)
Peter Ejbye-Ernst MSc, PhD candidate (NSCR)
Hans Myhre Sunde Mphil, PhD candidate (NSCR)
Kerith Edwards PhD canddiate (NSCR, University of Amsterdam)
Carlijn van Baak PhD candidate (NSCR, University of Amsterdam)