We were founded in 2008 in response to Scotland’s growing knife-crime epidemic, and we’ve continued to grow since.
We are a registered Scottish charity of healthcare professionals adopting a public-health approach to violence reduction because we believe prevention is better than cure.
We were established in 2008 by three Glasgow surgeons - Dr Christine Goodall, Mr Mark Devlin and Mr David Koppel. Each had professional experience of dealing with violence in their everyday work and felt things had to change.
We celebrated our first 5 years with our conference Violence Makes you Ill in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Featuring Paul Gray, Iain Livingston, Karyn McCluskey and a host of other great speakers we explored the effect of violence on health, how the health sector can help to reduce violence and how partners in health, justice and other sectors can work together to reduce not only violence but injury.
In 2015 we launched the Navigator service in partnership with the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit. Navigators are support workers who work between the Emergency Department and the community offering support and practical help to people whose lives are affected by a range of complex social issues. Navigator was supported by funding from the Scottish Government.
Peer education is known to be a very effective way of getting messages across to young people so in 2016 we launched our peer education programme, MAV Interns. MAV interns trains 5th or 6th year pupils to present their version of our violence reduction lesson to younger pupils in the school with the aim of keeping the whole school safe.