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Who we are

​The Wales Violence Prevention Unit was established through funding from the Home Office in 2019. The core team comprises members from police forces, the Police and Crime Commissioner, Public Health Wales, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS), Home Office Immigration and the voluntary sector.

We take a public health approach to preventing violence. This means that we seek to understand the causes of violence based on evidence. We use this evidence to develop interventions focused on the underlying causes of violence. We properly evaluate these interventions before scaling up each one to help more people and communities across Wales. Through this approach we aim to develop a whole system response to the prevention of violence.

Who’s involved

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Core Members

Jon Drake, Director

Jon is a former Police Officer, having served for more than 30 years in Staffordshire and latterly South Wales Police where he was Assistant Chief Constable.

Daniel Jones, Deputy Director

Daniel joins the Violence Prevention Unit from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, where he was Head of Partnerships.

Lara Snowdon, Public Health Lead, Public Health Wales

Lara's role involves strategic leadership, research, and evaluation as we develop our public health approach to violence prevention for Wales.

Detective Chief Inspector Jason Herbert

Jason is seconded to the Violence Prevention Unit as our Police Lead. Prior to moving into Unit, Jason was the Head of Custody Services in South Wales Police.

Emma Barton, Violence Prevention Outcomes Manager, Public Health Wales

Emma joins the Violence Prevention Unit from Public Health Wales, where she led a research team to deliver a number of research and evaluation projects.

Emma Thomas, Principal Partnership Analyst

Emma joins the Violence Prevention Unit from North Wales Police, where she is the Principal Analyst for the force.

Gemma Woolfe, South Wales Serious Violence Prevention Coordinator

Gemma is is seconded to the Violence Prevention Unit from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner's Office as the Serious Violence Prevention Coordinator.

Bryony Parry, Communications Lead

Bryony is responsible for all internal and external communication activity for the Violence Prevention Unit.

Home Office Immigration

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Safeguarding Lead

School’s Programme Lead

Honorary Professor

NHS Consultant