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Violence Reduction Units

Question for Home Office

UIN 25825, tabled on 27 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Violence Reduction Units.

Answered on

5 July 2022

The Government funds independent yearly evaluations into the Violence Reduction Unit programme. The recently published 20/21 VRU Evaluation (Violence reduction unit year ending March 2021 evaluation report - GOV.UK ( has shown positive early signs of the programme’s impact, estimating that the combination of VRU and targeted enforcement activity has prevented approximately 49,000 violent offences over their first two years of activity compared to unfunded areas (41,377 violence without injury offences and 7,636 violence with injury offences). Relative to the amount of serious violence funding over the same period, this represents an estimated return of £3.16 for every £1 invested in serious violence.

We will continue to monitor trends in violence closely and conduct yearly independent evaluations into the VRU programme to assess the programme’s impact.

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