Violence Reduction Units
PCC Sue Mountstevens has been awarded £1.16m Home Office funding in 2019/20 to introduce Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) across Avon and Somerset. This funding comes from the government's Serious Violence Fund, which was established to deliver the Serious Violence Strategy.
The PCC decided to allocate VRU funding to five local authority areas within Avon and Somerset so that opportunities for prevention and early intervention can be identified and given a local response.
This approach has been informed by the findings from a report by the Behavioural Insights Team and supports a public health model by being informed by local needs and supporting prevention and early intervention opportunities.
The Avon and Somerset Violence Reduction Strategic Governance Group, chaired by the PCC, is made up of a range of senior representatives from agencies across Avon and Somerset and oversees the work of five local VRUs:
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset
These VRUs are a collaboration between local authorities, health, police and other partners. Key deliverables for year one are a problem profile and response strategy.
In 2019, the PCC commissioned a report by The Behavioural Insights Team entitled 'Developing a Serious Violence Strategy for Avon and Somerset.' This reports supports agencies in understanding the nature of serious violence across Avon and Somerset as well as providing evidence on how to approach the issue and makes recommendation for next steps. To read the report, click here.
Keep up to date with the work the VRU and partners are undertaking: