Scottish Violence Reduction Unit


Violence is preventable - not inevitable

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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Due to the ongoing uncertainty around the full impact of COVID-19 and following Government advice on preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, the SVRU office has for the time being, closed. 
Whilst our team works from home, I would like to reassure you that we are continuing to work extremely hard on preventing violence wherever it occurs, as well as looking at ways to offer both physical and structural support to our local communities. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 
We would also like to thank all of our colleagues across Government, Police, Social Services, Education and the NHS, who are all working incredibly hard to ensure we stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. 
Best Wishes,
Niven Rennie. Director,  SVRU

Niven Rennie


Telephone: 01786 896785          Email:

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.