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About Us


The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit is based at Shepcote Lane in Sheffield and is working across South Yorkshire to prevent and reduce violence.

In South Yorkshire, we are taking a public health approach to preventing and reducing violence.  This means that we look at the causes of violence, working in partnership to stop violence before it starts, halt the progression of violence once it has already begun and provide ways out for people already entrenched in violent behaviour.

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Our Approach

Taking a public health approach to reducing violence


We are looking at the causes, working in partnership to stop violence before it starts, halt its progression once it has already begun and provide ways out for people already entrenched in violent behaviour.

1
Primary prevention

We work to stop violence from happening before it starts. This is often the hardest level to show it has worked, because we can’t measure what hasn’t happened.

2
Secondary prevention

This is often called early intervention. We aim to provide support early, when violent behaviour (or some of the causes of it) starts, to stop it from becoming established.

3
Tertiary prevention

We look to provide ways out for people already wrapped up in violent crime.

4
Criminal Justice and Enforcement

Holding people to account for their actions.

5
Attitudinal Change

Aiming to shift cultural norms in society.

Our initiatives

Working in partnership with organisations


We are working in partnership with organisations and communities in South Yorkshire to prevent and reduce violence.

Latest initiative

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YOYO Sport

The five South Yorkshire Professional Football Clubs are working together in collaboration for the first time to provide a new initiative for young people called YOYO Sport.

Violence reduction fund

Supporting our communities


The violence reduction fund allows us to award funding to community based projects which play an important role in the fight to reduce crime. We’ve already put this funding to great use through supporting community groups from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield with grants of between £5,000 and £20,000.

You can find out more about the violence reduction fund and the domestic violence prevention fund here.

Doncaster Search Mitts for Door Staff

The funding facilitated the purchase of 50 search mitts for the door staff working within Doncaster's Night Time Economy to conduct ultra-fast body scans for metal objects without any body contact.