Just Drop It
Bedfordshire’s New Anti-Knife Crime Campaign.
Roseann Taylor has been the inspiration behind the Just Drop It campaign. Her son Azaan was tragically stabbed to death in Luton in 2018. He was just 18 years old.
Roseann now works for us at the Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit. She doesn’t want any family or young person to suffer like she has. We are sharing AJ’s story so people will Think Twice. Think Life. And Just Drop It.
BEDFORDSHIRE VIOLENCE & EXPLOITATION REDUCTION
Reducing Violence &
Our aim is to identify those at risk of violence and exploitation, so we can prevent harm, empower them to make better choices, amplify the needs of the community and forge a better future for our young people.
who we are
Bedfordshire Violence and
Exploitation Reduction Unit
We are Bedfordshire’s Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU). Established in 2019, through government funding, we are one of 22 specialist units across the UK and the only unit to place an emphasis on the link between violence and exploitation.
A network of different agencies and groups aiming to tackle the root causes of societal issues that affect young people, we work with partners to prevent our young and vulnerable people from being pulled into criminality, violence and exploitation.
Our team is made up of specialist professionals able to provide informed support and advice to help young people and families to better understand the risks and signs of exploitation and criminality, navigate challenging circumstances and make positive contributions to the wider community.
WHAT WE DO
Our aim is to reduce violence across Bedfordshire while tackling the exploitation of young and vulnerable people
Just Drop It reaches 5,000 Bedfordshire students
More than 5,000 students across 15 schools in Bedfordshire have received assemblies around the devastating impact of knife crime as part of the county’s anti-knife crime campaign ‘Just Drop It’.
Here you’ll find our latest developments, initiatives, and success stories in our bid to tackle violence and exploitation.
VERU in View
VERU in View is our monthly newsletter where we share our latest projects, activities and accomplishments.