Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit

The Serious Violence Action Plan

In July 2020, the VRU launched its Serious Violence Action Plan, which sets out seven priorities for the unit and the framework through which serious violence will be addressed.

Its priorities and commitments were developed following extensive community engagement across all 10 districts of Greater Manchester in 2019. Researchers spoke to people in the street, on public transport, in pubs, at community centres, and in sports clubs, to gauge what concerns they had about violence in their community, their experiences of violent crime and what they wanted a newly formed VRU to do in response. The researchers also worked in schools, colleges, pupil referral units, youth justice teams and youth clubs to capture the voices of children and young people, as well as professionals working with them. In total, the team engaged with over 600 residents and over 300 schools and colleges.

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Support an improved criminal justice response to all forms of serious violence.

Support community and voluntary organisations to deliver activities and interventions in areas of highest need.

Ensure that families and communities that are affected by serious violence are effectively supported through our place-based early help offer.

Ensure victims of violent crime receive appropriate and timely support.

Create a dedicated Violence Reduction Unit for Greater Manchester.

Work with Community Safety Partnerships and Local Safeguarding Boards to implement a place-based approach to tackling these issues.

Collaborate with schools, colleges and alternative provision to prevent violence.

Click here to view the serious violence action plan

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.
Alliances made up of local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations will ensure holistic provision targeted at individuals, families, schools and communities of highest need.

A community-led violence reduction pilot is one of the VRU’s flagship projects and is in line with the ambitions of the Greater Manchester Strategy and Public Service Reform programme to involve communities at a place level to identify priorities, problem solve and direct investment and interventions accordingly. Analysis undertaken by the Big Data Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) enabled the VRU to identify sites across Greater Manchester for community-led programmes to be implemented.

The work of the community alliances is having a huge impact in local communities across Greater Manchester. Hear from some of the people benefiting from the work.

If you are affected by anything you have heard in this video, Samaritans (116 123) http://samaritans.org operates a 24-hour service available every day of the year.

Latest news

Keep up to date with the latest news and initiatives from the VRU!

A large projector screen on a wall reading Standing Up for Women and Girls. The Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit, KOGS, Positive Steps and Manchester Centre for Youth Studies logo also appear.

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Standing up for women and girls in Greater Manchester

Reflecting on the recent ‘Standing Up for Women and Girls’ event at Manchester Metropolitan University Being a young woman today presents lots of opportunity, however, with that comes significant pressure around identity, expectation of others and challenges around safety. To better meet the needs of women and girls across Greater Manchester (GM), policy, practices and […]

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United in prevention – How Greater Manchester is aligning its violence prevention and education offer to achieve better outcomes for all our children

Damian Dallimore, Director of Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit, and Anthony Benedict, Executive Head Teacher of Tameside Pupil Referral Units, set out some of the ways Greater Manchester’s VRU is approaching violence prevention in a special blog post for the Centre for Young Lives.  In 2019 when Greater Manchester launched its Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) […]

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New scheme to keep young people on the right track in Manchester

An innovative scheme that uses one-to-one bespoke support to help transform the lives of vulnerable young people caught up in or at risk of crime and steer them towards the right track, is coming to Manchester. Manchester city council is teaming up with national charity SHiFT and Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit to provide intensive […]

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