Fernanda Novaes Cruz is a Brazilian sociologist. She did her Undergraduate and Master's Degree in Social Sciences at UERJ and a second Undergraduate degree in Social Communication at UFRJ. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Sociology student at the Institute of Studies of Sociology and Politics (IESP-Uerj). She is also a researcher at the Analysis of Violence Laboratory (LAV-Uerj) and part of GEPESP (www.gepesp.org), an interdisciplinary group studying and researching suicide and prevention. She has experience with qualitative and quantitative research in violence field including diagnoses of homicides and suicides and strategies to reduce and prevent them. The study of use and abuse of drugs, Military Police and paramilitary groups are also among her fields of expertise and interest. In addition to academic activities, she was part of the Human Rights Council of the State of Rio de Janeiro. Her thesis is aiming to discuss the use of drugs among police officers in the Military Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro and their strategies to manage it. She won a Brazilian scholarship from the Brazilian government to spend a term at the LAC supervised by Prof. Leigh Payne.