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The core function of the VRN is to offer leadership, establish a core membership and, working with all relevant agencies operating locally, provide strategic co-ordination of the local response to serious violence

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We have adopted the World Health Organisation's (2002) broad definitionof violence:

'.... the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against another person or against a group that results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprevation.'

However, in 2020/21 we are focusing on serious violence in public places with an intial priority focus on under 25s

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