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Serious Violence: Nature, Impacts and Causes

Crest Advisory – Serious Violence in Context

This report provides an overview of serious violence, examines the scale and nature of the problem, and the state of our existing knowledge and identifies gaps in our understanding.


By bringing together key data and trends into one place, Crest Advisory hope to add greater context and understanding to the problem.

Crest Advisory – Understanding What Is Driving Serious Violence

This is the second in a series of reports investigating the drivers of serious violence in England and Wales in recent years. This report explores how the structures of the drug market have changed, how they are linked to violence and whether public service response to the drugs market have been effective. 

Crest Advisory – Vulnerability and Violence

This report explores the issue of vulnerability as a driver of serious violence, focusing on young people. It summarises the current trends in violence and patterns of vulnerability among children and young people, including the rise in poverty and deprivation. 

Harnessing lived experience: A youth-led consultation on the causes and solutions to serious violence against young people

The National Lottery Community Fund convened a consortium of charities and social enterprises with the reach, skills and experience to put young people at the heart of decision making. Through a unique methodology of youth-led research, insight and evidence generation, this programme captured data on:

  • The contributing factors to serious violence identified by young people

  • The interventions young people believe are effective

  • The similarities and differences between what existing research suggests works and what young people believe works

The Commission on Young Lives: A new care system to protect vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime

This thematic report highlights how the current care system is unfit for purpose and instead of protecting the vulnerable, is putting them at risk of exploitation and involvement in drugs and crime. It makes a series of recommendations to government including the extension of public health informed programmes such as those delivered through Violence Reduction Units (VRUs)