The Safer Devon Partnership is the County Strategy Group which provides the strategic leadership for addressing community safety matters across Devon.
Our vision is working together to make Devon even safer.


Safer Devon works with Devon’s four Community Safety Partnerships and county-wide groups including the Devon Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership to tackle a broad range of community safety issues that negatively affect local people and communities. These include crime, hidden and visible harms and exploitation.

Safer Devon’s current aim is to continue developing solution focused cohesive arrangements for tackling violence and its causes, with a particular focus on the following:

  • Interpersonal violence
    • within families or intimate partner relationships (Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse)
    • within communities (with a specific focus on Serious Violence, including youth violence)
  • Terrorism / Violent Extremism

Reducing offending and reoffending, tackling Violence Against Women and Girls, embedding trauma-informed approaches and increasing community confidence are cross cutting priorities in relation to the above.

Our definitions

Violence: the intentional use of physical, sexual or psychological force or power (including threats of violence, and including coercive and controlling behaviour).

Interpersonal violence: violence between individuals, and is subdivided into family and intimate partner violence and abuse and community violence (which includes youth violence). 


Safer Devon partners are committed to the following principles and accountabilities:


  • Taking a solution focused, trauma-informed, multi-agency and partnership approach which recognises that minority communities, people with protected characteristics and people/communities who have experienced greater disadvantage may be disproportionately impacted by harms and may encounter additional barriers or challenges with accessing services appropriate to their needs and lived experiences;
  • Freedom to act (joining up services and doing things once);
  • Making informed and evidence-based funding, resourcing and commissioning decisions;
  • Measuring and understanding impact with clear accountability (who is doing what);
  • Step by step improvements with clear vehicles to deliver; and,
  • Developing engaged communities


  • Fulfil existing statutory community safety duties (including those relating to the Crime and Disorder Act, 1998) and develop effective and proportionate responses to new legislation and duties;
  • Lead the development of an annual county-wide Community Safety Strategic Assessment and support the development of a Peninsula Community Safety Strategic Assessment;
  • Support the priorities and work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and play an active role in the development and delivery of the Police and Crime Plan and the Peninsula Serious Violence Prevention Programme and Strategy;
  • Work collaboratively with relevant Partnerships/Forums within and beyond Devon to influence/progress shared priorities and workstreams and to provide mutual assurance that issues causing, (or threatening to cause), significant harm to people and/or communities are being addressed; and,
  • Develop and deliver an annual Community Safety Agreement and, aligned to this, an annual Spending Plan.

In keeping with the Devon Strategic Partnerships Collaboration Agreement, Safer Devon (which includes Devon’s four CSPs) will work closely with the Devon Safeguarding Children Partnership, the Torbay and Devon Safeguarding Adults Partnership, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the One Devon Partnership (Integrated Care System for Devon) to address issues of mutual concern and maximise the opportunity for inter-partnership collaboration.


Safer Devon’s partners include the four Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) in Devon – East and Mid Devon; Exeter; North Devon and Torridge; and South Devon and Dartmoor, Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, NHS Devon Integrated Care System, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Probation Service, His Majesty’s Prison Service and Youth Justice.

Strategic direction is set by the Safer Devon Partnership Executive which is made up of chief officers from all partner agencies and the chairs from the four CSPs. A number of Groups and Partnerships outlined in the governance structure below support the Safer Devon Partnership Executive in achieving its vision, principles and accountabilities. The Partnership also provides support and challenge to the delivery of services and initiatives across Devon.

Safer Devon partners also work closely with a number of other county-wide and peninsula Strategic Partnerships and Groups on a range of shared priorities. This is all shown in the diagram.

    Safer Devon governance diagram


    We publish annual intelligence assessments of local community safety issues to highlight areas of greatest threat in terms of impact, prevalence and trends, evaluate our current ability to prevent and address the causes and impacts of these issues, and inform our community safety priorities.
    Devon Strategic Assessment 2019-20

    We also contribute to an annual peninsula-wide assessment of community safety issues across Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall. This assessment provides information and intelligence to inform our priorities and those of partner organisations across the peninsula.
    Peninsula Strategic Assessment 2020-21

    The Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment is developed by Public Health Devon and provides an overview of the current and future health and care needs of local populations to inform and guide the planning and commissioning (buying) of health, wellbeing, social care and related services. The Headline Tool provides an interactive overview of the main factors influencing local health and wellbeing.
    Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment and Headline Tool.

    Serious Violence

    The Serious Violence Duty was introduced in 2023 through the Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Act. It requires specified authorities in local areas to ‘work together to prevent and reduce serious violence’.

    Specified authorities subject to the Duty are: Local Authorities, the Police, Integrated Care Boards, Probation services, Youth Justice services and Fire and Rescue Services.

    The Duty requires the specified authorities to publish a Needs Assessment detailing what kinds of serious violence are happening locally and its drivers, and a Strategy outlining a response. Our Serious Violence Needs Assessment and Executive Summary and Preventing Serious Violence Strategy can be found here.’

    Devon Serious Violence Needs Assessment 2023 – Executive Summary
    Read Executive summary online
    Download executive Summary as pdf

    Devon Serious Violence Needs Assessment 2023
    Read assessment online
    Download Assessment as pdf

    Devon Preventing Serious Violence Strategy 2024-29
    Read Strategy online
    Download Strategy as pdf

    Domestic Homicide Reviews

    We have a statutory duty to conduct and publish Domestic Homicide Reviews to inform policy and practice. Click here to find out more…