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Knifepoint

Young writer Jessica Tunks picked up a senior 2020 Orwell Youth Prize for her essay Knifepoint this year. In the piece Jessica looks into some of the possible causes of violent crime among young people in her area and what she believes can be done to prevent it. Discussing both the causes and solutions to …

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RECORDED CRIME IN SCOTLAND 2019-20 STATEMENT – SVRU

Commenting on the latest ‘Recorded Crime in Scotland 2019 – 20’ figures, Will Linden, the Deputy Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, said: “Scotland has made real progress in reducing the violence infecting our communities with a 42% reduction in non-sexual crimes of violence since 2002-03. These latest figures show further progress with a …

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BBC One’s Panorama – How Scotland Cut Violent Crime

We have been speaking with BBC One’s Panorama programme about how Scotland cut violent crime. I want to take this opportunity to underline that the advances Scotland has made in respect of our violence journey has involved numerous agencies. We need to offer thanks and recognition to all the partners and individuals who have been …

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Lockdown: The Importance of Protecting Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse: By Kirsten Russell

As the words “Stay home, Stay safe, Save lives” are spoken throughout the country, it is important to remember that for some home may not represent a safe space and that the isolation of lockdown may in fact be life threatening. At the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit we recognise that those who are vulnerable in …

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Understanding Our Anger: By Kirsty Giles and Scott McEwen

Even though we’re ‘socially distancing’ due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the SVRU family are keen to stay ‘emotionally connected’ with our communities. This in mind we’d like to share some information on how we can start to understand, as a community, what we are all facing whilst remembering the wise words of Mother Theresa; …

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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.