The 2008/9 British Crime Survey
demonstrated that police recorded violent crime, total violence against the
person decreased by 6 per cent. We have an active role in the
effort to continue bringing down the level of violent crime, which has
fallen by 35 per cent since its peak in 1995.
Violence can be viewed in two contexts:
Violence which primarily takes place in private, often
in the home, usually between individuals who have or have had a
relationship with each other, this includes domestic violence and sexual
For more information on domestic violence and abuse, and
sexual violence and abuse, please visit the respective web pages which can
be found via the left hand side.
Public Place Violence
Violence which primarily takes place in public, often
by, among or targeted at groups of people, and often committed by
individuals who are strangers (or not intimately known) to each other, this
includes youth and gang violence, gun and knife crime, hate crime and
alcohol related violence.
Delivery Drivers and Key Policy
Agreement 23: Make Communities Safer
Priority Action 1: Reduce the most serious violence, including tackling
serious sexual offences and domestic violence.
Delivery Agreement 25: Reduce the harm caused by alcohol and
Tackling Violence Action Plan Implementation
Action Plan Implementation Guidance provides information on tools,
processes and structures to assist frontline practitioners to tackle
most serious violence. It directs local practitioners to the
wealth of guidance that exists for specific crime types and also
partnership working within the violence context.
The guidance currently covers seven main areas which set
the context of most serious violence and potential steps to tackling
the government's response to most serious violence
and the Public Service Agreement (PSA)
the Tackling Violence Action Plan and specific
actions for Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs)
guidelines on producing a strategic assessment and
producing a local action plan to set out how local
partnerships will achieve their aim of tackling most serious
the structures for most serious violence strategic
and tactical groups
information sharing including the legal position and
the process for setting up data sharing arrangements
managing violence and sexual offenders in relation
to risk assessment and risk management
Tackling Knives (Serious Youth Violence) Action
The Tackling Knives
Action Programme (TKAP) was launched in 2008 and is an
intensive, cross-government action programme which committed to take
swift action to reduce incidents of death and serious violence among
In March 2009, the Home Office announced an extra
£5 million to tackle knife crime and serious youth violence, and
increase targeted police action to tackle a minority of young people who
commit serious violence, regardless of the weapon involved.
Youth Crime Action
The youth crime action
plan is a comprehensive, cross-government analysis of what the
government is going to do to tackle youth crime.
It sets out a 'triple track' approach of enforcement and
punishment where behaviour is unacceptable, non-negotiable support and
challenge where it is most needed, and better and earlier
It makes clear that the government will not tolerate
behaviour that causes misery and suffering for innocent victims.