Scottish Violence Reduction Unit


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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You Decide Team

The You Decide Team are there for people when they decide they deserve a better life. Whether it’s those caught up in a violent lifestyle, people dealing with addiction, social isolation or someone looking to access training and employment the You Decide Team can help them take control.


At the SVRU we’re all about teamwork. From youth projects and schools to the NHS, prison service, government at every level and most importantly communities we look for opportunities to support and learn from others.


MVP Scotland

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


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.


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.


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

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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.