Scottish Violence Reduction Unit


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

The programme was launched at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2015 with two Navigators based in the emergency department. Following success at GRI, Navigator was expanded to include the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and University Hospital Crosshouse in Kilmarnock.

Our Navigators complement the work of medical staff by engaging with patients who have been affected by violence. Using a wide range of contacts with services outside the emergency room the Navigators offer support to help patients change their lives. The aim is to break the cycle of violence for the individual and ease the pressure that violence places on the NHS.

Navigator is a confidential service which is run by the VRU in close partnership with Medics Against Violence, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lothian, NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the Scottish Government.

Navigator can only take referrals through the NHS. Please do not leave messages for Navigator on any of the contact details shown on this website as they may not be picked up. For urgent help the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123, the National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline Scotland is 0800 027 1234, for Police Scotland call 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies. Help on all of these numbers is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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.