The Serious Violence Duty is a statutory duty which was introduced by the Government at the end of January 2023.

It requires “specified authorities for a local government area to work together and plan to prevent and reduce serious violence, including identifying the kinds of serious violence that occur in the area, the causes of that violence (so far as it is possible to do so), and to prepare and implement a strategy for preventing, and reducing serious violence in the area.”

The VRU has been instrumental in developing arrangements to meet the Serious Violence Duty in South Yorkshire, working with key partners across the county to prepare for the implementation of the Duty, and to assess how it fits in with our existing work.

You can find out more here.

You can read the South Yorkshire Serious Violence Reduction Strategy here.

You can read South Yorkshire’s Serious Violence Duty Strategic Needs Assessment here.