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I am proud of the work the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) has been doing to drive forward our public health approach to tacking violence. Over the past year the VRU has consulted with and listened to communities about what they view our key challenges to be across London, and what needs to be done.
The Unit’s year one funding programme has invested in expanding after-school provision, youth workers working in hospitals, young people affected by domestic violence and programmes to reduce school exclusions and has allocated £8.8 million additional investment to Local Authorities to develop local Violence Reduction Plans. Drawing on public health expertise, each of these areas of investment have a developed set out outcome measures and Key Performance Indicators. Furthermore, the London Violence Reduction Unit, along with 17 other VRU’s across England and Wales, receives funding from and will be evaluated by the Home Office.