WEBINAR: Devon & Cornwall's response to serious violence

Tuesday 12 July 2022

EVENTBRITE SIGN UP: Devon & Cornwall's response to serious violence

Ahead of the Serious Violence Duty, Crest are delighted to announce an online webinar bringing together our partners from Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to look at their approach to tackling serious violence.

About this event


Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly's response to tackling serious violence In this webinar, Devon and Cornwall's Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Crest Advisory will together provide an overview of what Devon and Cornwall's Serious Violence Programme has achieved since its launch and explore how this approach could be adopted in other areas without a Violence Reduction Unit. Ahead of the Serious Violence Duty, there will be a discussion of the future of violence prevention and reduction relevant to all partners, including existing Violence Reduction Units.

This event will take place online via Zoom on Tuesday 11th October.

The session will include the following speakers:

  • Alison Hernandez: Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

  • Harvey Redgrave: Chief Executive of Crest Advisory

  • Jim Colwell: Temporary Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police

  • Rebecca Skellett: Programme Director of Serious Violence, Devon and Cornwall Police and OPCC

  • Ellie Covell: Head of Strategy & Performance, Crest Advisory

  • James Stott: Strategy & Insight Manager, Crest Advisory

The Chair and other speakers from the Home Office, Crest Advisory and Cornwall Council will be announced at a later date.

We’d be delighted to have you join us for this discussion.

Please register for your place and keep up to date with the updates via our Twitter page.



The Serious Violence Duty presents a unique opportunity for local public sector agencies to come together as a system to address the root causes of violence, not just its symptoms. Across the country, there are now 20 Violence Reduction Units (VRUs) which bring together police, local government, health and education professionals and other partners to ensure there is a multi-agency response to serious violence. Devon and Cornwall is one of the remaining 23 police force areas without a VRU, and therefore without central government investment in serious crime.

Last year, Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly launched a new preventative approach to violence jointly led by the Chief Constable and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) which can serve as a blueprint to areas without a VRU in how to structure and lead a violence prevention approach and the challenges and pitfalls to avoid. With a £1 million per year budget jointly provided by the OPCC and the Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall’s Serious Violence Prevention Programme has developed a public health approach to prevent and tackle the forms of violence most evident across the region and within their communities with the support and partnership of Crest Advisory. The programme has a particular focus on young people under 25 who are most at risk and has three central objectives that focus on people, partners, and places.

Who is this webinar targeted at?


This event is free and open to everyone with an interest in serious violence but will be of particular benefit to strategic leaders from across the statutory agencies named in the Serious Violence Duty.

We hope it will present an opportunity for all partners interested in building and developing a serious violence prevention programme to find out more about how Devon and Cornwall's Serious Violence Prevention Programme was established.

Other areas we will explore include:

  • The benefits and challenges in delivering joint police and the OPCC programme

  • How the programme has engaged and set up governance with key system partners

  • The journey to setting up a strategy, from a Strategic Needs Assessment through to a Theory of Change

  • How the Serious Violence Duty impacts the approach taken to date

Registration is required in advance.

For further details please contact greg.omeara@crestadvisory.com, Analyst at Crest Advisory, or Lynn.PATTINSON@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, Devon and Cornwall Serious Violence Prevention Programme.


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