Purpose and Vision
The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is a partnership bringing together specialists from Local Government, Health Education, Policing and Criminal Justice to work with communities and the third sector to reduce serious violence and tackle its underlying causes. We are determined to have a positive and lasting impact, and invite all sections of the community to join the big conversation about reducing violence together. We believe that intervening early to prevent issues emerging is the best way to ensure children, young people, families and communities in Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County thrive. Our work will be underpinned by evidence of what works, and by working system wide as a partnership we hope to expand that evidence base, and well as create new evidence bases where none currently exist.
The VRU will take a public health approach to reducing violent crime, focusing on what will make a difference to whole populations, communities and groups. In practice this means we will look beyond the statistics about incidents of crime and its causes to research and evidence that explains why people behave in certain
ways and what contributes to this behaviour. As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’, and the public heath approach means intervening through education and policy change before violence has chance to take hold, much in the same way as other population level health issues. These interventions will be aimed at building community resilience to violent crime and changing social norms, using the local intelligence to interrupt the transmission of violence by analysing where it may occur and intervening with those at higher risk.
The VRU is an outward-facing partnership, and we are looking forward to engaging with all groups and individuals, be they public, private, or third sector who want to help reduce violence in Nottingham. Over the coming months we will be hosting a range of events for both the public and professional, as well as proving useful information. We encourage you to follow us on social media or our Latest News page to keep up to date with events and see how we can help your community.