The Serious Violence Duty was introduced by the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Act 2022. It requires organisations across the public sector to work together to tackle, prevent and reduce incidents of serious violence, and make local communities safer.
These organisations include:
- the council
- the police
- fire and rescue authorities
- justice organisations (youth offending teams and probation services)
- health bodies (Integrated Care Boards)
In Enfield, the borough’s Community Safety Partnership (called the Safer and Stronger Communities Board) is leading on the implementation of the duty.
For the purposes of the duty, we define serious violence as:
- domestic abuse
- sexual violence
- violence and exploitation affecting young people under the age of 25 (this includes those aged under 25 who are victims of offences, suspects or offenders for offences, or both)
The council and its partners are required to produce a Serious Violence Duty Strategy (PDF, 6152.1 KB), setting out how we will work together to reduce serious violence in the borough.
We are committed to making our borough a safer place for all. Collectively working to reduce and prevent serious violence, so all our residents can live strong, healthy and safe lives, and enjoy all our borough has to offer.