Victim support service secures £3.6m funding
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.