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Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Service (WVRS)

Preventative and targeted intervention for individuals at risk of being drawn into or harmed by gangs and support for entrenched gang members to move on through viable alternatives.

Wolverhampton | West Midlands

Our pilot community gangs programme was set up in 2011 to test an ‘end to end’ approach to the issues that gangs and gang-related activities generate. Young people, adults and their families are supported to address areas of identified risk and are encouraged to engage with constructive activities that promote pro-social opportunities and offer real alternatives that lead to positive offence free futures.

The work is delivered in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies and aims to respond to individual and community needs, ensuring that the right interventions are in place at the right time.

Our Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Service is divided into two distinct strands:


Funded by the West Midlands PCC, the community team provide early intervention and preventative measures for young people aged 10-17 years at risk of being drawn into or harmed by gangs and support entrenched gang members to move on through viable alternatives.

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Funded directly by the West Midlands VRU, the resettlement function of our service was introduced in January 2020. The resettlement team support adult prisoners aged 18-30 years who are motivated to move away from gang lifestyles on release. The team support individual’s social reintegration into the community through guidance and practical help.

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Research and policy

The Wolverhampton Violence Reduction Service uses evidence-based practice to ensure the best chance of success.  Our approach and models are underpinned in theoretical research and have been informed by our service users to ensure we are able to respond to their needs effectively.

Referral options for this service

You can refer yourself
You can refer family or a friend
You can refer a client

Referrals and self-referrals are also accepted from agencies, families and individuals.

How to make a referral?

We encourage you to call to discuss any potential referral before completing a referral form so that we can be sure the person is eligible for the service.  Please refer to each team’s eligibility criteria which can be found using the links above.

Volunteer and placement opportunities

You can't volunteer for this service
You can't get a placement at this service