How We Operate
The Violence Interruption Project (VIP) is comprised of Full-time/Part time Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers. The staff team all have first-hand knowledge of ‘street life’ and offending behaviour. Our Violence Interrupters use their credibility, influence and street relationships to detect brewing conflicts and de-escalate and mediate them before they erupt in violence. Through their leadership we aim to build stronger communities who join together to tackle violence. They feel ownership of this issue and experience its effects in their everyday lives. They have the passion and commitment to make their communities safer and enhance the lives of young men and women affected.
The model is based on the US Cure Violence theory that violence is a disease in communities and if left untreated, will continue to exist. We understand violence to be a serious risk to individual and social health and wellbeing. We have three projects dedicated to the prevention of violence: Violence Interruption Programme, Prison/Resettlement Support and Community Outreach.