Published: Thursday, 14th September 2023

The Royal Borough of Greenwich wants your thoughts and views on serious violence in the borough and how it impacts you and your community.  

The Council plays a key role in making the borough a safe place to live, visit and work, and tackling serious violence continues to be a priority as set out in our corporate plan, Our Greenwich.  

The Serious Violence Duty was introduced in January 2023 and requires organisations across the public sector to work together locally to tackle, prevent and reduce incidents of serious violence, including knife crime and domestic abuse, and make local communities safer. 

Serious violence and exploitation and includes: 

  • domestic abuse 
  • sexual violence 
  • homicide  
  • bodily harm 
  • rape  
  • sexual assault  
  • personal robbery  
  • possession of a weapon  
  • threats to kill  
  • violence against property

The Council will use feedback to understand the views and experience of residents across the borough and implement schemes and initiatives to tackle serious violence in the borough 

Cllr Ann-Marie Cousins, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Enforcement said:  

“We know when a serious violence incident occurs, the effects are life changing to the victim and to the community. That’s why it’s important that residents and visitors share their thoughts on serious violence in Royal Greenwich and how it impacts them. 

“Using feedback from residents and visitors, we can make our borough a safer place to live, visit and work in. We will continue to work with the police and other community safety organisations to do everything we can to tackle serious violence.”  

To have your say, please visit  

The consultation ends on 30 September 2023. To find how we are tackling knife crime in the borough, head to