Serious violence consultation launches across Merseyside

People across Merseyside are being asked to help shape a new strategy with the aim of reducing serious violence across our region.

Willing residents will be asked to share their thoughts on the impact of violence on communities, their perceptions of the problem, the causes, the consequences and what they want to see happen to prevent themselves and others having a fear of violence.

The development of the strategy is being led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, with the support of the five Community Safety partnerships in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. They are made up of Councils, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, NHS, and National Probation Service.

Other partners such as youth justice, prisons, education and voluntary sector services are also involved.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, said, “Serious violence can affect anyone and the consequences are often devastating and life-changing – whether you are a victim, a relative, loved one, friend or witness.

“We are determined to prevent and reduce serious violence to stop more families suffering such heartache and harm.

“To do that, it’s vital we understand people’s perceptions of violence and how we can make them feel safer. This is a chance for people across Merseyside to have their voices heard.

“By taking part, you will help inform the work we do in the future to protect families and communities, and I would encourage everyone, to please have your say.”

Cllr Helen Cameron, Chair of the Tourism, Communities, Culture and Leisure Committee for Wirral Council, said, “In recent times, we have seen some of the most high-profile and shocking violent crimes occurring here in Wirral and I appreciate the progress made by Merseyside Police to disrupt and deter organised crime groups. We know, however, that we need to address the root causes of these terrible incidents; the consequences they have on communities.

“With five community safety partners across the region coming together and the PCC engaging with as many people as possible, this consultation could help to shape a comprehensive strategy to reduce the levels of serious, violent crime and the address the impact it has on our communities.”

The survey is completely anonymous, is open to anyone living, studying or working in Merseyside, and can be found at

The closing date is Sunday 1 October 2023.


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