National Priority – Serious Violence Strategy

The government published a Serious Violence Strategy in April 2018 in
response to rising violent crime in the UK’s major urban centres with gun and knife crime especially concerning in London.

National Serious Violence Strategy, April 2018

‘We need an approach that involves partners across different
sectors, including police, local authorities and the private and
voluntary sector. Communities and local partnerships will be at
the heart of our response. This issue must be understood and owned locally so that all the relevant partners can play their part. We will support local partnerships, working with Police and Crime Commissioners to galvanise the local response to tackling serious violence and ensure that they are reflecting local challenges within their plans’  (p.10)

Local analysis of ‘most serious violence’ in Portsmouth found the
main drivers to be violence in the evening economy, domestic violence
and drug-related harm. Whilst the local enforcement response to these findings is led by the police (see drug-related harm below), the role of
partners is vitally important in addressing another key element of the
Serious Violence Strategy – early intervention. Risk and protective
factors associated with serious violence, including witnessing domestic
violence, are very similar to those associated with substance misuse
and youth offending – both of which are existing priorities for the SPP – and were identified in partnership analysis at least 10 years ago. Having these risk factors set out so clearly in the national strategy provides an
opportunity for the SPP to emphasise importance of really using these
risk factors to target early intervention and effect lasting system change