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“The VRP’s new film gives an insight into who we are, how we seek to reduce serious violence in Merseyside and why we approach it in the way we do,” says Det Supt Andy Ryan, head of Merseyside VRP. “It is an attempt to address the many questions we’ve been asked since we started in 2019, working in a fresh, innovative way by adopting a ‘public health’ approach; it’s not just an enforcement issue which one organisation can resolve alone.

“As well as some of the VRP’s core team, I am grateful to the stakeholders who also came to film with us. In coming weeks, you’ll see more of our wider partners talking about their work when we launch a brilliant little series called ‘In Conversation with Partners,’ which will provide further insights into the VRP’s work and our collaborations.

The film’s many locations come from across Merseyside – viewers will see well-known landmarks, architecture and art, as well as real pockets of our communities and home-grown street art. Some footage was filmed from a moving vehicle, other footage comes from a drone.

Any film edited to five minutes is going to skate the surface of some incredible detail. One such reference is integral to the VRP’s work: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). For those unfamiliar with them, we list some of these stressful, potentially traumatic childhood events on-screen, so we can continue to raise awareness about them.

ACEs include: domestic violence; abuse or neglect; a parent with a mental health condition; parental separation; addiction in a family home. We also outline a handful of potential consequences for those people who suffer from four or more ACES, who are…

  • 15 times more likely to have committed violence.
  • 3 times increased risk of heart disease, respiratory disease and Type 2 diabetes.
  • 20 times more likely to have been in prison at any point in their lives.

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We believe that all communities across Merseyside have the right to be free from violence in order to provide the best life chances for all.

WHO WE ARE

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VISION AND VALUES

We aim to...

  • Tackle the causes of serious violence in Merseyside.
  • Reduce serious violence in Merseyside and particularly in youth violence in public spaces.
  • Through the use of evidence and data, identify suitable responses to prevent violence before it becomes a part of someone’s life.
  • Provide opportunities for young people to fulfil their life chances away from the impact of violence and crime.
  • Ensure our response is created with data that's right for the challenges in each area of the county.
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WHAT WE DO

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ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Now a well-established model of addressing and understanding childhood trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) informs a way of looking at how the trauma can have negative, lasting effects on health and wellbeing.

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CAMPAIGNS

The VRP is committed to raising awareness about subjects related to reducing serious violence in Merseyside. Their campaigns are a regular feature to their work and they are produced with the ambition to provide the best life chances for all, believing everyone has the right to be free from violence.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Community Engagement
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EDUCATION

Working with educational provisions across Merseyside, the VRP aims to reduce serious violence among children and young people attending schools and colleges.

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Youth Work in A&E

Formerly called ‘navigators’, the youth workers deployed in the A&E department at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital explore the opportunity to support victims, and in some cases perpetrators, of violence to evaluate the success of long-term intervention work.

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REDUCING REOFFENDING

Merseyside VRP supports the critical need to pay attention to young people who incline towards reoffending. So by working with our VRP partners, we aim to find ways of identifying the reasons why – and how – to reduce patterns of offending.

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