Tackling Serious Violence in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: A non-VRU response

Friday 10th June 2022

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 tackling serious violence from a non-Violence Reduction Unit perspective.

About the Event

Since October 2020, Crest Advisory have been working with Devon and Cornwall Police and OPCC to support the launch of a new preventative approach to violence.

Crest has helped build the evidence base for the response, engage local partners, design the strategy and develop a Theory of Change. This continues our work on serious violence, including national research on violence and its drivers, as well as work with VRUs and local authorities.

This webinar, hosted by Crest Advisory in conjunction with Devon and Cornwall’s Serious Violence Prevention Programme will explore how the area has developed their own approach which can serve as a blueprint to non-VRU areas in how to structure and lead a violence prevention approach.

We are keen to hear from all interested partners to take part in a discussion and consider the impact of the Serious Violence Duty on the criminal justice landscape.

This event will take place Online via Zoom on Tuesday 19th July at 10:30am and you can sign up for this via Eventbrite here.

The webinar will include a presentation of the key findings from our research and discussion with subject matter experts and a live Q&A session.

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

  • Becky Skellett - Programme Director of Serious Violence, Devon and Cornwall Police and OPCC

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.

Whilst there are 18 Violence Reduction Units (not including the recent additions of Cleveland and Humberside) across the country whose high levels of youth and knife related violence has generated central government investment, we ask ourselves, where should areas start in developing a whole-system approach to violence prevention?

Last year, Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly launched a new preventative approach to violence jointly led by the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner which can serve as a blueprint to non-VRU areas in how to structure and lead a violence prevention approach and the challenges and pitfalls to avoid.

With a £1m per annum budget, 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.

This webinar hosted by Crest Advisory and the OPCC and Devon and Cornwall Police will present an opportunity for all partners interested in the journey to building a violence prevention programme to find out more, specifically:

  • The benefits and challenges in delivering joint police and 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

Please join us on the day by signing up via Eventbrite here.


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