Rise in young victims of gang violence

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4180
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The Evening Standard reported an exponential rise in young victims of gang violence, aged between 11-25 that require lifesaving treatments at London A&Es. Last year St Mary's A&E saw almost as many young victims of stabbings, shootings and beatings with a blunt weapon as those injured in road collisions.  What work are you doing in conjunction with London Hospital Trusts to support these victims?

Answer

Answer for Rise in young victims of gang violence

Answer for Rise in young victims of gang violence

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Supporting young victims of crime is a key priority for me and also the London Crime Reduction Board (LCRB).

The LCRB Strategic Ambitions for London: Gangs and Serious Youth Violence stated the intention that "all London trauma centres will have access to special support for victims of gang-related violence to work with young people." MOPAC successfully bid to the Ministry of Justice Victims Competed Fund to support high risk young victims of violent crime through interventions in Major Trauma Centres (MTCs). MOPAC will use this funding to provide specialist youth workers who will intervene at the 'teachable moment' to support victims requiring medical help, which will begin in 2015.

In the last 12 months there has been a decrease of 550 knife crime offences from 4,362 to 3, 812, a 12.6% decrease and this is the lowest total in the last six years.