Violence affects all people of all ages, regardless of race, gender or economic status. To tackle violence and bring about sustainable long term change in South Yorkshire, we are determined to look beyond the obvious causes of violence in our communities, and look more deeply at the underlying factors which create the circumstances for violence to occur.

These can include: difficult childhood experiences; trauma, such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse; relationships, such as a lack of strong role models; community factors, such as low social mobility or lack of social support networks; and social and economic conditions, such as housing and access to healthcare, education and work.

When working with the community and our partners to prevent and reduce violence, we need to be aware of the impact of these causes of the causes. By understanding the role they play in violence and aiming to address them, we are better placed to prevent and reduce violence across South Yorkshire.