How we will reduce serious violence

We have created a Serious Violence Response Strategy 2024 to 2027.

This explains how we will work towards reducing and preventing serious violence.

What serious violence means

We have adopted the definition of serious violence agreed by community safety managers across Thames Valley:

'Serious violence includes specific types of recorded crime, for example:

  • homicide
  • grievous bodily harm
  • incidents that involve a knife
  • areas of criminality where serious violence or its threat is inherent (for example, county lines drug dealing)'

Whilst domestic abuse related offences account for a large proportion of serious violence offences, they are not dealt with under this strategy. View the separate Domestic Abuse Strategy.

Our priorities for reducing serious violence

Our priorities for 2024 to 2027 are:

  • raise awareness of serious violence
  • early intervention
  • provide a partnership response to people most vulnerable to serious violence
  • embed the government's Serious Violence Duty
  • provide support to people released from custody

View our full strategy

Our full strategy shows:

  • statistics
  • what we've done previously
  • who we will work with
  • what we will do

View our Serious Violence Response Strategy 2024 to 2027 (PDF, 1.45 MB)