Oversight of the Serious Violence Duty

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 introduced a new Serious Violence Duty.

It requires organisations across the public sector to work together to tackle, prevent and reduce incidents of serious violence and make local communities safer.

At its core is the need for collaborative working, working as a local partnership across individual organisational boundaries to take a public health approach to tackling violence. That requires a focus on prevention and early intervention, informed by evidence.

The key elements to the Serious Violence Duty are as follows:

Oversight of compliance with the Serious Violence Duty is a function of the Police & Crime Commissioner.  Here in the Thames Valley, that function is discharged through the Violence Prevention Partnership, using the VPP Strategy Board meeting as the main governance body to support partners with their delivery of the Duty.