The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) is a multi-agency gang intervention programme designed to reduce gang violence and help those involved in gangs to live a life free of crime.
Having been successful in Boston and Cincinnati in the USA, and in Glasgow, the Northamptonshire CIRV project is the first time the programme has been run in England.
CIRV works with gang members to show them the consequences of the life they are choosing to lead and offering them an alternative pathway through mentoring, support, job opportunities and other change programmes.
One of CIRV’s key tools is a self-referral session, where gang members are addressed by people including police officers, doctors who treat serious injuries, ex-gang members and relatives of people killed by gang-related violence.
The session, delivered in a court room, is designed to show participants the negative consequences of the life they are currently leading, and show them how they can choose and be supported to live free of violence and drugs.
Anyone can refer into CIRV - whether that is someone who needs help themselves to get out of ‘gang life’ or someone who is concerned about someone they know.
Referrals can be made by calling 07539 183975 any time, day or night.
CIRV in Northamptonshire is being funded by a £627,000 Home Office grant from the Serious Youth Violence Early Intervention Fund. This was secured by the office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, supported by Northamptonshire Police.