The Home Office serious violence strategy defines serious violence as specific types of crime such as homicide, knife crime, gun crime and areas of criminality where serious violence or its threat is inherent, such as in gangs and county lines drug dealing.
Tackling serious violence is a key priority for our Community Safety Partnership. The Serious Violence Duty will be introduced as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, alongside Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) and Offensive Weapon Homicide Reviews. It forms a key part of the Government’s wider programme of work to prevent and reduce serious violence; taking a whole-system approach to understand the causes and consequences of serious violence, focused on prevention and early intervention. The Serious Violence Duty allows flexibility to include other types of serious violence such as domestic abuse and sexual offences and other related types of serious violence, such as alcohol-related violence, modern slavery or gender-based violence.
The Duty will require responsible authorities and organisations to work together in what they consider to be the most effective way to plan, share data, intelligence and knowledge, to generate evidence-based analysis of the local problem and solutions to prevent and reduce serious violence in local areas.