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Together, we can tackle violence

Each year more than 100 people are killed in violent attacks in Scotland. It's a shocking statistic but it doesn't have to be this way.We don't have to accept that lives are lost through needless, mindless violence. We don't have to accept that violence is an inevitable part of life. That's why the Violence Reduction Unit was created, to develop a national approach to tackling violence across Scotland - and to show that violence is preventable, not inevitable.Browse our website to find out what's being done to tackle violence.

Moira Jones Fund ‘Celebration of Life’ memorial run

A 5K charity run in remembrance of murdered Moira Jones will kick off from Glasgow's Queens Park, at 10am on Sunday October 19.

The event, which has been dubbed a "celebration of life," will see members of the public reclaim the park to commemorate Moira who perished there in 2008. Furthermore, the run will remind visitors of the Queens Park's beauty and tranquillity.

Proceeds will go towards the Moira Fund, founded by the family of the deceased, with the aim of providing grants for the families of individuals bereaved through violent death.

Early Intervention -the 3 minute easy to understand animation

The UK Early Intervention Foundation, Center on the Developing at Harvard University, and the Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center at the University of Southern California present Brain Hero. 

Narration by Graham Allen, Founding Chair of the Early Intervention Foundation. Generous support for this video has been provided by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

For more information about the UK Early Intervention Foundation, please visit: http://earlyinterventionfoundation.or... 

Long and winding road: From neuroscience to policy, program, practice

Neuroscience and common sense are decisive: the earlier we nurture children's minds and hearts, the better lives they will live as adults. Yet, despite some tentative steps, we still wait too long. International child trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry and Berry Street's Annette Jackson say we might have to look at our own brain responses to understand why.

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Early Years Attachmnt and Trauma Conference Featuring Dr Suzanne Zeedyk

Are you a parent, adoptive parent, kinship, foster carer looking to understand complex child behaviours.

Are you a social worker, teacher, early years, police officer, health care worker, community worker.  Are you  involved in care sector, family support worker or other professional looking to gain insight into why attachment matters.

Are you interested on how trauma impacts child development and relationships through later life.

Gain insight into recovery and healing, learn stategies to manage complex behaviours

MESAS Third Annual Report

NHS Health Scotland has been tasked by the Scottish Government to lead the evaluation of Scotland's alcohol strategy through the Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) work programme. There is a commitment to providing annual reports from MESAS and in March 2011 the first annual report (the baseline report) was published, followed by the second annual report in December 2012.

We all have a part to play

The VRU are members of the World Health Organisation, Violence Prevention Alliance. Our responsibility is the reduction of all forms of violence from bullying to suicide and everything in between.  We believe that the focus of our collective efforts must be on prevention and that by viewing violence as a public health problem offers the best chance of achieving a sustainable reduction in all forms of violence. 

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