New research with young people on their experiences and perceptions of violence

A new research document has been published which explores how young people from across the Thames Valley have experienced violence, their perceptions as to its causes and the risk and protective factors which must be addressed.

Claremont Communications, an expert agency in behavioural change communications and research techniques was commissioned by the Violence Reduction Unit to undertake the project during 2022.

The report has been provided to all Thames Valley partners and stands as an additional qualitative evidence base to help inform both the work of the VRU and the approaches being taken by local partnerships and organisations.

Their report has highlighted the following key findings:

A key part of the research was to explore what young people felt were the key risk factors and protective measures to violence. Common themes from the discussions included:

During the summer and autumn of 2022, Claremont undertook a number of structured focus groups working with around 50 young people aged between 11 – 18 from across eight different youth services. Youth workers and other practitioners were also interviewed.

The groups were run in partnership with local voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations who are already working through established activities to engage and support young people from a wide range of backgrounds and where there is some need for support.

Partners included:

The report – “Violence in the Thames Valley” – now provides a further qualitative evidence base to inform the work of the VRU and all local partnerships and is available to download in full below: