The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) brings together key partners from across Thames Valley to provide a co-ordinated response to tackling serious violence across the region.
This multi-agency approach involves local authorities, health, education, policing, third sector organisations, members of the community and many more, all working together to understand the root causes of serious violence and focussing on place-based problem solving in order to address them.
The VRU takes a public health approach to tackling violence – looking at violence not as isolated incidents or solely a law enforcement problem but instead as a preventable consequence of a range of factors such as adverse early-life experiences or harmful social or community experiences and influences.
Thames Valley’s VRU therefore focusses on four main themes:
- Early intervention and prevention
- Supporting communities and partnerships
- Tackling county lines and the misuse of drugs
- Effective law enforcement and the criminal justice response