Violence Reduction Alliance

The VRA has been assessed as 'Ready' to delivery the Serious Violence Duty (SVD)

Earlier this year, the VRA became the accountable body for the delivery of the government’s Serious Violence Duty. Following workshops and interviews with partners, Crest Advisory has assessed the VRA as ‘ready’ to deliver the Duty.

37 businesses and organisations have signed the Safer Places for Women & Girls Charter

Within the first year of the Safer Places for Women & Girls Charter being launched, 37 businesses and organisations have signed the Charter and made their pledge to help make Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent a safer place. 

VRA partners deliver invaluable insight to help prevent violence

VRA partners including, the Office of the Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire County Council Children’s Services have worked with the Staffordshire Centre for Data Analytics to bring together an ambitious set of data to help identify children and young adults who are at risk of becoming involved in Serious Violence. 

64 requests for the PSHE Comic Books and supporting resources

The VRA has worked with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s PSHE Coordinators to produce PSHE resources to encourage primary school children to think about what they should do when faced with different situations. 

Over 1,640 young people voiced their perceptions around violence

Children and young people, aged 11 – 25 years old, have shared their perceptions around violence, community safety, social and digital media and violence against women and girls as part of an engagement exercise led by Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services (SCVYS), on behalf of the VRA.

Average 38% reduction in crimes & incidents reported in Stoke-on-Trent parks

The number of crimes and incidents reported in Stoke-on-Trent parks has reduced by 38% since the introduction of new initiatives led by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Violence Reduction Alliance (VRA) in 2020.

459 referrals received by the Catch22 Child Criminal Exploitation Service between April 2022 - March 2023

93% children supported demonstrated improvements/maintained changes in relation to behaviour and citizenship. 89% children supported demonstrated improvements/maintained changes in relation to safety and security. 86% children demonstrated improvements/maintained changes in relation to family & other key adults. 86% children demonstrated improvements/maintained changes in relation to Drugs and Alcohol. 

Three Safe Places for Women and Girls opened across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Following successful Safer Streets and Safety of Women at Night Commissioner funding bids totalling £850,000, the VRA has made headway in helping to improve the safety of women and girls. The funding has also enabled designated safe places within Hanley, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stafford to be established. 

110 partners and partners agencies attended the second VRA Conference

Conference attendees came together at the VRA conference celebrate partner’s achievements to date, hear from guest speakers and to discuss the next steps for the Alliance. 

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