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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 Director of the Wales Violence Prevention Unit and has overall responsibility for the team and work undertaken by the unit. Jon is a resident of South Wales. He is a former Police Officer, having served for more than 30 years including in 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.

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.

Bryony Parry, Communications Lead

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

Alex Walker, Violence Prevention Outcomes Officer

Alex’s role involves conducting, and supporting with, research and evaluation.

Lauren Reynolds, Administration Assistant

Lauren is the Administration Assistant for the Violence Prevention Unit, providing support to all strand leads.

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.

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.

Ffion Hughes, Administration and Resource Officer

Ffion provides administration and communication support for the Violence Prevention Unit and VAWDASV Research Network.

Hannah Kinsella, Programme Manager

Hannah is seconded to the Violence Prevention Unit from the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner's Office as the Programme Manager.

Lindsey Sharville, Sergeant

Police co-ordinator from South Wales Police and Probation, link to Intelligence.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Safeguarding Lead

Home Office Immigration

Honorary Professor

Local Authorities

National Independent Safeguarding Board

NHS Consultant

School’s Programme Lead

The Children's Society

Wales Safer Communities Network

Welsh Local Government Association