The violence virus

By Tania Skae

The increase in youth violence and the decrease in youth service provision is high on the agenda at the moment.  Following on from my blog post last week highlighting the importance of a community response to youth violence, we are now publishing the full report that reveals the powerful ways that community-based organisations are tackling youth violence in London.

Community based organisations have the experience, trust, compassion and expertise to provide treatment at all stages of what we are calling a youth violence virus. They are well placed to recognise triggers and react at first signs to provide preventative support; they are trusted experts who can intervene and mediate in an emergency; and they specialise in providing rehabilitation and long- term care and support.  

In this new report, we highlight the ways in which community based organisations actively reduce the rising damage of youth violence in London’s communities. We are calling for a joined up, long term strategy that supports front line practitioners, invests in community based organisations and delivers a long term, multi-agency response.

To learn more about the community response to youth violence, you can read or download the full report below, and comment, share and respond via Twitter. 

Purbinder Hothi of Chaos Theory, one of the contributors to the report, comments:

 “Violence is a disease affecting many communities across the country. We have a serious knife and gun violence epidemic in the UK that needs addressing in many ways. Not one solution can work to reduce the number of attacks, and we must start working at a deep grassroots level to access the hardest to reach individuals, and start working with them to change behaviours. This is not a short-term intervention, it’s a change needed across the community, wider society and those policy and decision makers. 

We believe that our approach works. We can reach the hardest to reach individuals who are victims and perpetrators. Whilst an enforcement approach is needed, we also need to balance this with welfare and social support. We work holistically with the families and the surrounding communities. If you have the trust of the community and the people you work with, you are more likely to reduce violence and assist in change. Our work intervenes in conflict and assists those individuals to find alternative solutions to address their issues. 

There are great projects around the country, all working effortlessly to stop this tragic epidemic we are seeing daily. However, everyone needs to work together and recognise their own specialist skills and expertise to allow the correct people to provide the right interventions."