What is the Violence Reduction Unit?
The Northumbria Violence Reduction Unit is built on the belief that if we improve lives, we can prevent crime, especially violent crime.
We approach violence in the same way we would a disease – recognising the symptoms, understanding the causes and then stopping its transmission, helping people to avoid it and giving people the tools they need to tackle it.
This includes taking a direct approach to intervening with those who are showing signs of vulnerability or are on the fringes of criminal and anti-social activity, working with those who could become the biggest risk to others, alongside key services and organisations.
Vulnerable Adults Supported
Young People Engaged In Phase 2
Students Upskilled By Our Education Team
Our dedicated Education Team deliver sessions to young people in schools or in other settings such as youth groups. Their sessions are informative, impactful and interactive with a focus on prevention and general awareness.
The team cover a range of topics including knife crime, malicious communications, child criminal exploitation and more.
Latest Violence Reduction Unit News
15th May 2023
PCC Kim McGuinness: Clamping down on violent crime with youth diversion projects in Sunderland and Newcastle.
17th March 2023
BMX sessions help inspire North Tyneside’s young people as part of project to reduce anti-social behaviour
15th February 2023
PCC Kim McGuinness: Tackling knife crime with projects driven by young people, as winners announced in latest round of the Youth Fund.
9th February 2023
PCC Kim McGuinness: Violent crime down 14% after specialist winter patrols brought in.