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Violence Reduction Unit

How we reduce violence

Hampshire and Isle of Wight VRU is a small team of professionals that work in partnership to coordinate a collaborative response to tackle the root causes of violence. The VRU supports the Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP) made up of 25 different public sector bodies across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth & Southampton (HIPS) area who come together to make our communities safer. Together we have a clear vision and mission:  


Our vision is for Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton to be a place where people can live their lives free from violence and the fear of violence. 


Our mission is to prevent violence by building a collaborative, courageous and sustainable partnership which will drive the change required to successfully address the causes and consequences of violence. 


Our public health approach:
  • 1
    Understand what the data, information and communities are telling us about violence and its drivers
  • 2
    Develop a response to tackle and prevent violence, which is publicised and implemented
  • 3
    Review the interventions and response to understand the impact on our communities and ‘what works’

Hampshire and IOW VRP

The VRP is made up of 25 separate partner agencies from The NHS, Probation, Youth Justice, Policing, Local Authorities, the Fire Service and Education to collaboratively reduce violence in our communities.


You can CLICK HERE to find out more about the VRP.


CLICK HERE for Useful Documents for the Violence Reduction Partnership


PCC Donna Jones leads and convenes the partnership pulling together executive leaders in the Strategic Violence Reduction Partnership (SVRP) meeting. Membership and terms of reference for this meeting can be found here.

There are four strategy areas delivered by subgroups to the SVRP. You can find more details by clicking the icons below.

Meet the Team

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight VRU is a small and diverse team of professionals working together towards tackling and reducing violent crime across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.


To send a general enquiry to the VRU, please click here.

Find out more about our team

Work in your community

The VRU works across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Click on your area below to find out more about our work near you.

VRP News

The VRU brings together health, police, education leaders, health workers, local government and many other.