Our 2021/22 Strategic Needs Assessment has been published
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.
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.
An introduction and link to the Loughborough University evidence-base paper for adopting ‘Child First’ approaches to the work of the Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales
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.
We work closely with and fully endorse the work of the PSHE Association and they have produced excellent resources for use during lockdown.
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.
Find opportunities to get involved in training or events to help reduce serious violence in your community.
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Read more about what we’ve been up to across the Thames Valley.
An additional £1.8m to tackle serious violence has been confirmed. £1.18m will fund the Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit’s work for the coming year. An additional £735,000 has also been confirmed to fund violence hotspot policing.
The first annual Thames Valley Violence Reduction Unit Strategic Needs Assessment document has been published, collating information from across partners . It provides new insights which underpin the public health approach to tackling serious violence and will inform activity over the coming year.
The latest TV VRU blog has been published. Our guest, Anne Bell of the PSHE Association discusses the importance of wider education for
TVVRU have partnered with PSHE Assoc and NPCC to produced quality assured PSHE materials
Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime & Policing, visited the Thames Valley on Friday 21 May to learn more about our work.
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.