Last week saw the launch of a new national information portal for victims of crime. The new facility at www.victimsinformationservice.org.uk allows people to access information online or over the phone for free, directing victims to services that can offer them support, including specialist advice for those affected by sexual violence or domestic abuse.
The website provides at a national level a similar service to that which is already in place for victims of crime in Warwickshire. Victim Support was commissioned by me in April by to deliver emotional and practical support for 16,000 victims of crime in the county over the next three years. A telephone helpline is available and victims can also be referred directly to the service by Warwickshire Police.
While traditionally not all victims report the crime they have suffered or take up the offer of support, the new services aim to encourage more people to report their crime and seek help, particularly among those who are vulnerable and may need additional support.
Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s PCC, welcomes the new national Victims’ Information Service as this complements very well the efforts his office has made locally in Warwickshire to ensure that the welfare of victims remains at the heart of the criminal justice system.
If you or anyone you know who has been a victim of crime in Warwickshire who needs help and support can contact Victim Support on 0300 303 1977 or visit theVictim Support website for more information.
Source: Warwickshire PCC