Areas we cover

We are working to reduce serious violence for all of the 2.4 million people who live in the Thames Valley, and the 6 million people who visit every year.

We work across all twelve local policing areas, nine local authorities and multiple district councils.

Who we are

We are a group of professionals working closely with the community to address the causes and effects of serious violence. Drawn from policing, education, social care and health, we work together to share our learning and ensure our activities are informed by the communities we are working to protect.


What we do

We work across several strands, with activity helping to prevent individuals from becoming involved in serious violence, and ensuring our response is working to prevent further violence from occurring.


Resources

Find out more about the resources we have developed to help teachers, community safety practitioners and community leaders to work with us to reduce violence and prevent harm, from early years to custody.

A Violence Reduction Network (VRN) is a multi-agency forum and action group committed to reducing violence in our local community. The primary aim is to establish a series of trauma informed schools within the network to act as the corner stone for further problem solving activity in the area. The network will share good practice, identify common problems and design local solutions.

We recognise that substance use and other addictions affect the user as well as their loved ones, families and friends. We work closely with trusted statutory partners and charities that are able to provide support, especially whilst we are all affected by the impact of Coronavirus.

In partnership with West Mercia and Thames Valley Police, we have produced advice sheets for young people and parents/carers explaining the issue and giving guidance to prevent harm and links to additional support around cyber-bullying.


Events

Find opportunities to get involved in training or events to help reduce serious violence in your community.

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Latest news

Read more about what we’ve been up to across the Thames Valley.

The latest TV VRU blog has been published. Our guest, Dr Katy Smart of the University of Oxford explores the importance of early-years brain development and the impact of trauma and stress, having profound impacts on mental and physical health.