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.

Latest news

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

Today we mark the Day of Hope 2021, marking what would have been Damilola Taylor’s birthday.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the huge potential of young people and to increase our support for them.

7 December is the Day of Hope 2021, marking what would have been Damilola Taylor’s birthday. It is an opportunity to celebrate young people, their potential and all they offer our communities. Get involved in promoting the Day of Hope 2021.

The latest VRU Blog has been published. This week, we hear from PCSO Chris Jones, a Schools Officer who uses restorative justice techniques as he supports schools, teachers, pupils and parents to find appropriate outcomes to minor offences and issues.

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.


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.

Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) have been working with South Yorkshire VRU, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield as part of an N8 Policing Research Partnership funded research project aiming to understand more about the impact of using images of knives when talking to young people about the risk of knife carrying and usage.

The National Youth Agency Safeguarding and Risk Management Hub (The Hub) is a freely accessible online resource providing guidance, support, advice and access to training resources in relation to safeguarding and risk management for organisations and individuals working with young people.

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.


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