Vic­tim sup­port ser­vice se­cures £3.6m fund­ing

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

VI­TAL sup­port ser­vice for vic­tims and wit­nesses of crime will con­tinue to run in West York­shire thanks to £3.6 mil­lion fund­ing.

Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner Mark Burns-Williamson has con­firmed Vic­tim Sup­port has been awarded the funds to con­tinue to pro­vide core sup­port to vic­tims and wit­nesses for the next three years.

For the first time, the Vic­tim Sup­port con­tract will in­clude a we­bchat ser­vice and po­lice of­fi­cers will ask vic­tims and wit­nesses if their de­tails can be passed on to Vic­tim Sup­port so they can be of­fered fur­ther sup­port.

Those not wish­ing to re­port the crime to po­lice can also self-re­fer by con­tact­ing the Vic­tims’ Hubs in each district, on­line (in­clud­ing a web chat ser­vice) or by tele­phone.

The ser­vice will also be avail­able for vic­tims under 18 for the first time.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: “Many peo­ple af­fected by crime of­ten feel un­able to get the help they need, whether or not they wish to re­port it to the po­lice, so these new ser­vices and con­tracts will en­sure that wider sup­port and en­sure more op­tions are avail­able.”

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Andy Bat­tle, of West York­shire Po­lice, added: “Be­ing a vic­tim of crime can be an ex­tremely dis­tress­ing and trau­matic time and it is very im­por­tant they re­ceive the care and sup­port they need from the point of re­port, through­out the ju­di­cial process and be­yond if re­quired.”

Diana Fawcett, Chief Of­fi­cer of Vic­tim Sup­port, said: “Hav­ing lo­cal hubs across the five dis­tricts means we can de­liver the best pos­si­ble ser­vice to vic­tims of all crimes, with eas­ier ac­cess to face-to-face sup­port from our spe­cially trained staff and vol­un­teers.

“As part of this new con­tract we are de­lighted to be able to of­fer full in­clu­sion of sup­port for chil­dren and young peo­ple. This will al­low us to de­liver emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port to more vic­tims to help them move be­yond the crime.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Vic­tim Sup­port call 0300 303 1971, or visit www.vic­tim­sup­port.org.uk and www.help­for­vic­tims.co.uk/homes.

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