Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

Addressing the underlying causes of violence and working
together with communities to prevent it.

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Working to reduce violence in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is a team of subject leads and experts from Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), Greater Manchester National Probation Service, Public Health, NHS, Education, Community Voluntary Sector, Victim’s Voice, Youth Justice and Local Authorities, addressing the underlying causes of violence and working together with communities to prevent it.

Under the direct governance and oversight of the Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Combined Authority plays host to the VRU.

The Greater Than Violence Strategy

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The Greater than Violence strategy commits to working together with individuals and communities to understand their strengths, challenges, and ideas to tackle violence.

Led by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester, the Greater than Violence Strategy will work to improve lives by preventing violence, supporting victims, families and communities affected, and providing positive opportunities to those at risk of becoming victims, witnesses, or perpetrators, including education programmes, community sports, targeted mentoring, opportunities to develop new skills and therapeutic support.

The strategy is founded on two pillars: preventing violence from happening and responding swiftly and appropriately when it occurs.

Community-led approach

The community-led approach to violence reduction, means the VRU works closely with communities to understand the strengths, challenges, and needs of the community and determine how local investments will be made.

Several boroughs across the city-region have received funding from the VRU as part of its investment in community-led programmes, outlined in Greater Manchester’s Serious Violence Action Plan.

Public health approach

“The key objective is to ensure we take a public health approach, working collaboratively and in partnership where we come together and our policies are strongly aligned. We’ll be looking at our trends, information and evidence to find solutions collaboratively with our partners” – Helen Lowey.

Take a look at our latest initatives

Hope Hack

Young people from across Greater Manchester have shared their views, thoughts, and ideas on how to make the city region a safer and fairer place for all.

Navigator Project

The Greater Manchester Navigator Project is a youth-focused, violence reduction project based in four Greater Manchester hospitals.

The Social Switch Project

The Social Switch Project is switching the narrative on how social media’s relationship to youth violence is understood, tackled and solved.

Speaking Out Could Save a Life

Greater Manchester comes together to stop knife crime and serious violence.

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VRU’S StreetDoctors programme at HMP Hindley boosts self-esteem and communication skills amongst inmates
After liaison with Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), a StreetDoctors Reducing Violence Programme was commissioned for 10 participants based in HMP Hindley. StreetDoctors is a national charity aiming to educate young people in emergency first aid and empower them to be part of the solution to violence. The programme focused on youth engagement, training […]
19 February 2024
£200,000 funding boost for Wigan and Tameside in latest rollout of community programmes for young…
Community-led programmes supporting young people launched in Wigan and Tameside Grants of £100,000 awarded to VCSE organisations in both areas to provide safe spaces for young people and families and boost local pride in communities Wigan and Tameside are the latest boroughs to receive funding from Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS supporting young […]
15 February 2024
Over 550 people attend Greater Manchester’s first trauma and ACEs conference creating ‘buzz’ in the…
On the 9th January, Greater Manchester took its next step in becoming an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and trauma responsive city-region by bringing together over 550 people to highlight the impact of ACEs and trauma on individuals and communities, hear from people with lived experience, and share an update on progress made to date. In […]
13 February 2024

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