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Tackling Violent Crime: Findings from Regional Workshops with 12 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships

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This report and the workshops on which it is based were commissioned by the United Kingdoms National Audit Office NAO to follow-up and further explore the findings of their earlier report Reducing the Risk of Violent Crime, which examined the Home Offices efforts to tackle violence. Much of the delivery of the Governments tackling violence agenda is undertaken by local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships CDRPs. These Partnerships are responsible for understanding local levels and trends in violence, for adopting local policies and measures to reduce violence including gun crime, hate crime, and domestic violence, and for developing arrangements to manage individuals at risk of committing violence. This report documents the findings from 6 regional workshops involving participants from 12 CDRPs held across the country during October and November 2008. The aim of the workshops was to examine the barriers local practitioners face in their work to reduce violent crime, and how these might be overcome. They were organized by the commissioning team at the NAO and designed, led, and analyzed collaboratively by RAND Europe researchers and the NAO. Findings from the workshops indicate that whilst tackling violence was on the agenda of all of the participating CDRPs, practitioners called for greater involvement and data sharing by health agencies -- particularly accident and emergency departments. The importance of developing analytical capacity within CDRPs, to better understand the nature of violence, was stressed by workshop participants. The workshops suggest that CDRPs are increasingly realizing the need to proactively manage and engage with the media to address public misconceptions about the level and risk of violence in their communities. This report will be of interest to all those involved in the tackling violence agenda.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

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