Scottish Violence Reduction Unit

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The Scottish Violence Reduction Unit is a national center of expertise on violence. Part of Police Scotland, the SVRU targets violence wherever it occurs whether it’s on the streets, in our schools or in our homes. Supported by the Scottish Government the unit has adopted a public health approach treating violence as an infection which can be cured. The SVRU is the only Police member of the World Health Organisation’s Violence Prevention Alliance.

The SVRU believe violence is preventable – not inevitable.

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Projects

Ask Support Care

ASC is a Medics Against Violence and VRU partnership programme supported by the Scottish Government.

MVP Scotland

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is Scotland’s largest anti-violence schools programme.

Navigator

Working in emergency departments in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Ayrshire Navigator aims to help stop the revolving door of violent injury in our hospitals.

One Community Scotland

People really do make Glasgow and we are a city that prides ourselves on our warm welcome. At One Community Scotland we offer help and support to families and young people who are settling in to the city.

Street & Arrow

Street & Arrow is a social enterprise that does much more than just good grub. The Glasgow-based charity also serves up second chances for its employees.

Partner Organisations

Niven Rennie

Director

Telephone: 01786 896785          Email: violence.reduction@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Niven has more than 30 years of operational policing experience in the United Kingdom. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1985 serving throughout the west of Scotland in a variety of ranks and positions before progressing to the rank of Chief Superintendent. Niven previously held the role of President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents where he represented the interests of the operational leaders of policing in Scotland.

On leaving Police Scotland in 2016 Niven took up the position of Chief Executive Officer of South Ayrshire Escape from Homelessness (SeAscape).

Niven was appointed director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit in July 2018.