Petition Treat Serious Youth Violence as a public health issue

The Government needs to treat Serious Youth Violence (SYV) as a pressing public health issue and take proactive measures to address its root causes. SYV poses a significant threat to public safety, and it demands a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach that goes beyond law enforcement.

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Adopting a public health approach to tackle SYV, particularly knife crime, is essential. It would focus on prevention, intervention, and support, addressing the social determinants contributing to the problem. By treating SYV as a public health issue, we can work toward:

• Early intervention
• Community-based solutions
• Mental health and trauma support
• Education and awareness
• Research and data collection
• Collaboration
• The creation of safer and healthier communities

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