Become a member of the Violence Reduction Academy

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Introduction to the Violence Reduction Academy

The Violence Reduction Academy (VRA) was established to identify, synthesise and promote evidence-based models of violence reduction in health and social care, sharing the latest research, and supporting wider implementation across the capital.

The Academy works with the NHS London Violence Reduction Programme to bring together practitioners and experts from different sectors with an aim to improve wellbeing in our communities and provide a health-orientated, partnership approach to reducing violence in society.

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What is Violence Reduction?

Violence Reduction is trying to understand why violence happens and to take action to prevent its occurrence in both the short and the long-term. Violence Reduction is often referred to as a public health approach, meaning it is rooted in prevention and early intervention.

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Why is it important?

Violent injuries carry a huge burden of trauma on the UK population. There are approximately 1.5 million assaults that occur in the UK each year with an estimated cost of £28.9 billion pounds. Young people and women especially bear the brunt of violent injury, and it is well established that violence carries social determinants, meaning some people are more likely to be violently injured than others.

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Academic Partner

The Violence Reduction Academy has partnered with Queen Mary, University of London to develop an NHS evidence base through mapping existing interventions within health and social care and evaluating their respective success at reducing harm. The partnership is in the process of mobilising and more information will be shared in due course.

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Violence Reduction Academy Resources

The Violence Reduction Academy aims to share learning of evidence-based models and support local systems to embed them. A resources toolkit has been developed to enable healthcare professionals to access the latest information and guidance.

Therapy in the Trap – Drillosophy (MixtapeMadness)
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Learning Event Videos
Access recordings of the first learning event hosted by the NHS Violence Reduction Academy - An Introduction to a Health-Based Approach to Reducing Violence in Communities
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Our approach to co-production

The London Violence Reduction Academy recognises the importance of listening to the voices of our communities in order to make impactful change. The Academy aims to build a movement within health and care through co-creating approaches that improve wellbeing and reduces health inequalities for those disproportionately affected by violence.

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Introduction to Peer Power

Peer Power is an empathy led charity that brings the voices and insight of young people who have experienced services across the health, justice and social care sectors into their design. They focus on individual empowerment, bettering systems through co-production, and future building.

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Meet the Violence Reduction Academy team

The Violence Reduction Academy (VRA) was established to identify, synthesise and promote evidence-based models of violence reduction in health and social care, sharing the latest research, and supporting wider implementation across the capital.

Martin Griffiths

Clinical Director

Sinead Dervin

Programme Lead

Michael Carver

Clinical Lead

Adetola Masha

Programme Manager

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