REDUCING VIOLENCE &
EXPLOITATION TOGETHER

bedfordshire violence & Exploitation REDUCTION unit

WHO WE ARE

The Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit (VERU) is a network of different agencies and groups aiming to tackle the root causes of things like gang membership and prevent young people becoming involved in all aspects of gang criminality and exploitation. We have specialist support and advice to help you, whether you are a young person directly involved, have concerns about a family member or friend, or work in this area and want to learn more about what we do.

YOUNG PEOPLE

PROFESSIONALS

WHAT WE DO

We are so grateful to all the different projects, partners and people we worked with during our first few months tackling violence and exploitation in Bedfordshire. We look forward to continuing this work together.

LATEST NEWS

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VERU in View – February

A look back on all things from Bedfordshire Violence and Exploitation Reduction Unit in February.

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Mother of teenager stabbed to death to speak at virtual exploitation conference

The mother of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Bedfordshire in 2018, will talk about her experiences and how other parents and carers can prevent their children getting involved in knife crime, during a virtual conference.

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Funding for third year in a row for pioneering unit driving down violent crime and exploitation

Funding for third year in a row for pioneering unit driving down violent crime and exploitation Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has won …

OUR LATEST

Celebrating our VERU Village

Some of our key partners and allies have made videos for us celebrating their work and being part of the VERU Village. You can view all these videos on our YouTube channel.

OUR WORK INVOLVES

Step 1

1. Primary Prevention

Stopping violence before it begins

Step 1

Step 2

2. Secondary Prevention
Halting the progression of violence as early as possible (early detection and prompt, effective intervention by providing positive alternatives)
Step 2

Step 3

3. Tertiary Prevention

Providing a way out for those established in violent behaviour and those affected as victims.

Step 3

Step 4

4. Enforcement & Criminal Justice
Disrupting criminality that often involves violence.
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Step 5

5. Attitude Change

Changing societal views towards violence, including individual views and community views

Step 5

LET'S STOP VIOLENCE

Knife crime and violence does not discriminate against its victims. As a community we are all affected by the hurt and loss of life. Talking to someone you can trust can help.

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OUR PARTNERS
We are working with local councils and key organisations to achieve our goals.
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CONTACT US

Get in touch, even if it is to say hello. At Bedfordshire VERU we are always interested in exploring possible links and opportunities to work with others.

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