VRU Needs Assessment & Response Strategy

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VRU Needs Assessment

The Needs Assessment for the West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) provides an evidence-based public health assessment of serious violence in the county. It does this by identifying, defining and analysing the underlying drivers of violence particular to the region. The picture built through the assessment informs the VRU’s Response Strategy, allowing the team to deliver bespoke, targeted interventions to the areas of greatest need, where they will have the greatest impact.

Download the West Yorkshire VRU Needs Assessment (PDF 4.80MB)


VRU Response Strategy

This Response Strategy provides a West Yorkshire framework for preventing and reducing serious violence. Informed by the evidence base of the Needs Assessment, the strategy sets out our understanding of serious violence, local needs and how we will respond to this.

A refresh of our previous annual Serious Violence Response Strategy, this Strategy brings together a more evidenced based, developed, integrated partnership understanding and vision of tackling serious violence.

The Response Strategy therefore provides the framework for the work of the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) and also that for wider West Yorkshire partners.

Download the West Yorkshire VRU Response Strategy (PDF 1.35MB)


Supporting Documents

Education inclusion project (PDF 6.59MB)

Adversity, Trauma and Resilience in West Yorkshire (PDF 6.39MB)

Violence Against Women and Girls (PDF 2.08MB)

Addressing the root causes of serious violence and exploitation of young people in West Yorkshire (PDF 6.31MB)

Social Media and Violence