Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit
Young people in school uniform are sat around a round table. They are at the Hope Hack and there are other students stitting on tables in the background. One of the young people is holding a microphone

Hope Hack

Youth voice to reach Parliament

Young people’s views on gender-based violence and child exploitation in Greater Manchester will inform a national report about how to make society a fairer and safer place. The ‘Reimagined Manifesto’, created by organisation, The Hope Collective, will be published in December and aims to drive change by influencing key-decision makers in Government. Key themes emerging […]

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Community Spotlight: Mancunian Way ‘Reducing violence is a by-product of building trust’

A Manchester-based charity is supporting young people at risk of becoming involved in crime to reach their goals through employment support, mentoring and providing a safe space to talk about their worries. Mancunian Way is an anti-social behaviour reduction charity based in central Manchester that works to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) create safety in communities […]

VRU partners from Trafford Council, GMP and Transport for Greater Manchester stand in Altrincham Interchange behind a Stop the Bleed branded table. They are holding bandages and tourniquets

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Bleed control skills to help Greater Manchester’s young people save lives

More than 3,000 school children and members of the public across Greater Manchester have been taught vital skills around how to recognise and stop life-threatening bleeds. ‘Stop the Bleed Day’ is an annual initiative created in partnership between Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit and charity, citizenAID. Since the pilot in 2023, schools across the city-region […]

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.


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 […]


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 […]


Youth Unleashed: Media Takeover for Safer Communities

The Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has worked with MediaCubs since 2021, giving their young reporters the opportunity to conduct interviews and ask questions on key issues that the VRU is tackling across Greater Manchester. In February, as a special project commissioned by Young Manchester, young people from Co-op Academy Belle Vue took part in a special “takeover […]


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 […]

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