Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit
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) […]

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 […]

New pilot project supports men on probation to build family relationships and break the cycle of crime

Stepping Up is a relationships and parenting programme jointly commissioned by Greater Manchester Probation Service and the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit. The project is delivered by TLC: Talk, Listen, Change; a national relationships charity based in Trafford. Launched in July 2023, the 6-month pilot works across four areas of Greater Manchester – Oldham, Rochdale, […]

Positive Relationships training delivered across Greater Manchester

In January 2022, the Violence Reduction Unit commissioned Dignifi to design a bespoke training course that specifically explored the impacts of growing up around domestic violence. Dignifi worked with Lived Experience Consultants and Research Associates to design a bespoke course that covered the following modules; Developmental trauma Experiencing domestic abuse in childhood Long-term impact of […]

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