The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has awarded £500,000 for initiatives to prevent and tackle serious violence in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The funding will support initiatives focused on early intervention with young people at risk of serious violence, including positive role models, youth activities, one-to-one and whole-family support, and skills training for professionals.
The Violence Reduction Unit was set up in September with funding from central government and brings partners from police, probation, education, health and local authorities together with young people and communities to develop a joined-up approach to preventing and tackling serious violence.
It is made up of one central VRU, based at the Commissioner’s office, and four devolved VRUs in each of the top tier local authority areas.
The funding has been distributed across the four areas:
Alongside the early intervention initiatives, the VRUs will work to build evidence, data and intelligence to better understand what drives serious violence.
Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane said: “Over the past few months we have been establishing a Violence Reduction Unit that brings together our key partners to take a strategic view of serious violence across Hampshire, but also allows each area to respond to their local need.
“This funding will go to projects proven to engage young people most at risk and support them towards a future free from violence and is a positive step forward in tackling the root causes of violent crime.
“Over the coming months we will be reaching out to young people, communities, community safety partners and many others across the area to get their input into a longer-term strategy for Hampshire. I hope to hear from as many people as possible so that together, we can keep our communities safer.”