Your safety matters – serious violence consultation launches

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.

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.

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.”

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Community Safety, Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “As the tragedies we have experienced as a region in the past few years show, violence has a devastating ripple effect causing harm to individuals, families, communities and our society.

“We want to make sure that everyone who lives, studies and works on Merseyside has the opportunity to be heard in relation to their feelings of safety, experiences of crime and sense of community.

“This is a chance for you to have your voice heard in a way which will directly influence how we work with you to address issues of safety and violence in your communities.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “In Knowsley and across the city region, we have experienced first-hand the impact serious violence has on our communities and the often life-changing devastation it leaves behind.

“We want to put residents at the centre of our strategy to reduce violence and ensure that your views, feelings and experiences are used to influence how we tackle violence across the city region.

“I urge all residents to take part in the survey and have their say in creating safer communities.”

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing said: “No-one should have to fear for their personal safety when they are out and about but all too often, a small number of residents tell us it is something which they are constantly worrying about and trying to protect themselves against.

“This is a completely unacceptable situation and it is the responsibility of every single one of us to be aware of it and to prevent it happening.”

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.”

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