Research Hub

Research is key to a public health approach to violence prevention. From correctly identifying the issues, through to establishing effective interventions and evaluating what does and does not work to make Scotland safer.

In this section you’ll find new research and reports, a range of SVRU resources and evaluations of our work, an archive of older material and some useful links to the work of relevant organisations which may be of interest.

Please note evaluation reports are provided as a summary. Email to request access to the full reports. 

If there is anything you would like to see us include in this section which isn’t here then just get in touch.

New Research


Knife Imagery Research

Helping Helpers

Community Navigator HMP Kilmarnock Summary

SVRU Resources

SVRU 5 year strategy

The story and impact of the SVRU

What works to prevent youth violence: A summary of the evidence

What works to prevent youth violence: Key findings

ACES image

SVRU safer Scotland image

Domestic abuse perpetrator programmes: Evidence review

Approaches to reducing youth violent offending



Knife Imagery Research

Helping Helpers

Community Navigator HMP Kilmarnock Summary

Violence prevention toolkit

Read full research report

Toolkit feedback form

Download the violence prevention toolkit


Niven Rennie


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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.