Toolbox - domestic violence and intimate partner homicide

This paper highlights two specific aspects to practitioners and policymakers working in the field of domestic violence. The first emphasises the need for targeted and tailored approaches. Domestic violence is often treated as a single phenomenon, yet we can identify different types: situational couple violence and intimate terrorism. Secondly, we emphasises one of the targeted approaches that has received less attention within this field: perpetrator programmes. These programmes work with violent men and aim to increase their sense of responsibility and accountability for their behaviour and to enable them to unlearn this behaviour.


#ECPA 2021 

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) will take place on 8 and 9 December 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The theme is bullying and violence among minors (both online and offline). Entries for the European Crime Prevention Award should be submitted through the National Representative of each Member State to the Secretariat. The deadline is 15 October 2021.


What works to prevent domestic burglaries?

Domestic burglary

This paper aims to support European, national and local stakeholders by providing an overview of the initiatives which may, or may not, be successful in preventing domestic burglaries. All initiatives have been grouped in three categories: namely those for which strong evidence, moderate evidence or limited evidence is available.


 Our anniversary

20th anniversary

It is a special year for EUCPN 
as we celebrate our 20th anniversary on 28 May 2021. Learn more about what we do.


Toolbox - party drugs and crime 

 Discover the four papers which make up the toolbox on party drugs and crime


Recommendation paper: preventing the misuse of nitrous oxide

Our research has shown that Member States are mostly concerned about the negative effects on public health, rather than about fears of an increase in crime due to the consumption of the gas. We therefore recommend focusing on measures to counter the visibility and availability of nitrous oxide, keeping in mind that a thorough risk assessment should be carried out before imposing far-reaching interventions.

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Mythbuster - Warning, you may find the following message disturbing...

Mythbuster deterrence

Deterrence has its worth, but only if used in the right way. Any crime prevention actor should be aware of the potentially negative effects of scared straight and fear-based approaches and draw their conclusions.

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ECPA 2020: who are the winners?

ECPA winners

The European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) and Best Practice Conference (BPC) took place on 3 and 4 December 2020. The theme was family-based crime, view the presentations of the entries here and the German press release here.



Gold medal

The Greentown Project

An evidence-informed and design-led targeted community intervention to reduce the influence of criminal networks on children.



silver medal

The Netherlands
The ‘untouchables’ approach

Cooperation between justice, the municipality and care and service-providing partners to restore liveability in the neighbourhood, regain trust in the authorities and restore the authority of the government.


bronze medal

"The Initiative TICKAN and the Phase model” and "Unlawful Influence"

A multi-agency initiative to counter a family-based criminal network by working in line with the Phase model.

EUCPN toolbox on family-based crime

Family-based crime is complex and diverse, so how can it be prevented? Find out in our new toolbox, which consists of the following papers:

  • Theoretical background: translates what we know about family-based crime into a theoretical basis for prevention. It emphasises the importance of a systematic and integrated approach to preventing family-based crime.
  • Effective prevention: lists seven different types of preventive interventions for family-based crime, targeting different phases of the processes that lead to crime.
  • European Crime Prevention Award: reports on the 2020 edition, organised by the German Presidency of the EUCPN.


Crime prevention - a European definition

The EUCPN defines crime prevention as:

Ethically acceptable and evidence-based activities aimed at reducing the risk of crime occurring and its harmful consequences with the ultimate goal of working towards the improvement of the quality of life and safety of individuals, groups and communities

The paper covers this definition in depth, offering information on the different aspects within our understanding of crime prevention.


Mythbuster - Awareness-raising never hurts, does it?


Crime prevention initiatives often take the form of awareness-raising campaigns. However, there is little evidence that awareness in and of itself is able to prompt behavioural change, and consequently, that it can contribute much to crime prevention. Effective campaigns play into affective aspects of behavioural change and are part of integrated crime prevention strategies. Read our mythbuster

EU Focus Day on 21 October

With a prevention campaign and local preventive initiatives, the EUCPN and 26 European countries aim to step up the fight against domestic burglary by informing citizens on how they can protect their homes. The second EU Focus Day took place on 21 October 2020. Discover our prevention campaign and watch the new case movie.


Working Agreement with CEPOL 

EUCPN Chair Ivo Jakić
EUCPN Chair Ivo Jakić

On 23 June we have signed a Working Agreement with CEPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training) to strengthen our cooperation. The Agreement allows participation of the EUCPN Secretariat in CEPOL training sessions and CEPOL staff in EUCPN activities and enhances the dissemination of crime prevention initiatives and research.

The document was signed by CEPOL’s Executive Director, Dr.h.c Detlef Schröder and the current Chair of EUCPN, Mr. Ivo Jakić. Commenting on the signing of the Working Agreement, Executive Director of CEPOL, Dr.h.c Detlef Schröder stated:

CEPOL and EUCPN have worked together for several years in promoting crime prevention knowledge and practices among the law enforcement communities of EU Member States. I welcome the formalisation of this cooperation, which strengthens the important work both parties carry out and provides a good opportunity to emphasise the importance of common trainings for law enforcement officials to raise awareness and increase knowledge of international and European co-operation instruments and mechanisms. (Source)