Plan to tackle serious violence launched

The Greater Manchester Serious Violence Action Plan has been unveiled as figures reveal that hundreds of weapons have been taken off the streets in the last year and knife-related hospital admissions have fallen. The plan uses a community-led approach with public health integrally involved, and with families, communities, education and policing at its heart, in a concerted drive to prevent violence across the city-region.

It follows a multi-million pound investment in tackling serious violence across the city-region, led by Greater Manchester’s Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), which brings together health, police and criminal justice, education, youth justice, and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The significant sum injected into the in the VRU matches a similar package of support invested in, and focusing on, enforcement.

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