Merseyside PCC is providing special cameras to help reduce hate crime. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com In Merseyside, members of various ethnic communities who run small businesses, such as shops and takeaways, have become targets of repeated racial abuse. In the past many of these attacks have gone unreported due to fear amongst victims and a lack of evidence. Providing slimline cameras for people who are at risk to pin on to their shirts, will allow victims to gather evidence, encouraging them to come forward to report the crime and to seek support. It will also arm the police with video evidence which can lead to more successful convictions. The Ministry of Justice have given Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner funding to purchase these cameras. The money comes from a £12.5 million fund allocated to support victims of the most serious crimes, which Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country were invited to bid for.
Derbyshire PCC is providing alarms to help protect victims of domestic abuse. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com One of Derbyshire Police's priorities is to protect victims of domestic abuse and to prevent them experiencing further harm. These lightweight personal safety alarms, which are small enough to be attached to a keyring or worn as a pendant, are linked through to a 24/7 emergency incident centre. They also have the ability to record what's happening, and can be used as vital court evidence. The MOJ has given Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner funding to purchase these personal safety alarms. The money comes from a £12.5 million fund allocated to support victims of the most serious crimes, which Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country were invited to bid for.
Suffolk PCC is funding sensory screens to support child victims of sexual abuse. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Sensory screens displaying colourful, interactive images are being provided to the new Sexual Assault Referral Centre being set up for child victims in Suffolk. They will be used to help child victims of sexual abuse who are being physically examined to check for damage and to gather evidence. Children will be able to play with the 3D images displayed on the screens by using their voice, hand or by blowing into a sensor. By distracting the child, the screens will help them to feel comfortable and reduce the discomfort or trauma of being examined. The Ministry of Justice has given Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner funding to purchase these colourful, innovative devices. The money comes from a £12.5 million fund allocated to support victims of the most serious crimes, which Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country were invited to bid for.
Surrey PCC is funding a programme to support children who witness domestic abuse. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com In Surrey, a special development programme for children who witness domestic abuse will help increase their confidence and personal awareness and will encourage the young participants to get involved in education, employment or training. The Ministry of Justice has given Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner funding to provide this development programme. The money comes from a £12.5 million fund allocated to support victims of the most serious crimes, which Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country were invited to bid for.
Hampshire PCC is providing trained community workers to support victims of domestic violence. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Community workers in Hampshire will be specially trained to help victims of sexual and domestic violence from ethnic minority groups. This will help to identify victims who, for cultural reasons, often find it difficult to report these crimes and get support. In some cultures, a victim of sexual abuse is not seen as a suitable marriage partner. This means the victim will often be encouraged not to speak out to reduce the 'shame' on the family. Failing to admit what has happened and to seek support can have a negative impact on the victim’s mental wellbeing. A trained support specialist in Hampshire will work with victims, ethnic minority communities and other support workers to raise awareness of these crimes, the support that is available to victims and how the criminal justice system works. As a result, it is hoped that more victims will come forward to seek help. The Ministry of Justice has given Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner funding to provide this pilot service. The money comes from a £12.5 million fund allocated to support victims of the most serious crimes, which Police and Crime Commissioners from across the country were invited to bid for.
Cornwall PCC is providing dedicated support for male victims of sexual violence. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Explore ministryofjusticeuk's photos on Flickr. ministryofjusticeuk has uploaded 207 photos to Flickr.
Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall PCCs are providing specialist help to support victims of hate crime. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Explore ministryofjusticeuk's photos on Flickr. ministryofjusticeuk has uploaded 207 photos to Flickr.
Dyfed Powys PCC is funding new rape support centres. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Explore ministryofjusticeuk's photos on Flickr. ministryofjusticeuk has uploaded 207 photos to Flickr.
Nottinghamshire PCC is supporting teenage girls affected by domestic violence. #localhelpforvictims www.flickr.com Explore ministryofjusticeuk's photos on Flickr. ministryofjusticeuk has uploaded 207 photos to Flickr.
City of London Police is supporting a scheme to assist vulnerable individuals and small businesses in London by helping them to recover from the emotional and financial impact of fraud and prevent future victimisation.
Child psychologists and specialist counsellors will be offering face-to-face, online and group support to young victims of crime in the West Midlands to help them rebuild their self-confidence and resilience. #localhelpforvictims
Avon and Somerset Victims' Hub Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care teams provide victims of crime and anti social behaviour with a seamless service through the victims’ hub. From first point of contact with police to the end of their recovery journey, victims who require an enhanced service will be allocated a care officer to explain next steps and refer them to specialist support agencies. The Victim and Witness Care teams will work with other support and criminal justice professionals to simplify the service victims receive, and ensure they are given the right information and support, at the right time. #localhelpforvictims
Victims' Hub Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Victims’ Hub offers support to victims of crime to help them cope and recover from the impact of the crime they have experienced. Victim care co-ordinators carry out an assessment to determine what support is needed, bringing in specialist services as required. www.cambsvictimshub.co.uk victimshub@cambs.police.uk Freephone 0800 7816818 #localhelpforvictims
Victims' Hub The Dorset Victims’ Bureau will provide victims with updates on the status of their crime, provide information about the support available to them and will be able to refer people to Victim Support should further help be needed . The Victims’ Bureau will work closely with the Victim Support Dorset Hub who can provide support and signpost victims of crime to services in their area. #localhelpforvictims
We've changed the way victims of crime in England & Wales are being supported. The majority of victims' services are now being provided by Police and Crime Commissioners at a local level, tailored to the needs of local communities. Between Oct 2014 & April 2015, the Ministry of Justice is providing over £31.5 million to fund #localhelpforvictims We expect to provide over £60 million in 2015/16.
Northampton Victims Service Voice is a new, professional, tailored service available to all victims and witnesses in Northamptonshire, regardless of crime type and whether or not the crime has been reported to the police. Voice can provide needs assessment, face-to-face or telephone assistance, specialist services for victims of violence/abuse and guidance through court processes. www.voicenorthants.org or call 0300 303 1965 www.voicenorthants.org
Victims of crime experiencing mental health problems are to receive greater support in Cambridgeshire. Five specially trained community psychiatric nurses will soon be in place to assist these victims and their families to recover from the ordeal. www.flickr.com Victims of crime experiencing mental health problems are to receive greater support in Cambridgeshire. Five specially trained community psychiatric nurses will soon be in place to assist these victims and their families to recover from the ordeal. #localhelpforvictims
Cumbria PCC is creating a new website for victims, witnesses and supporting agencies where they can get information and find out about services available for those affected by crime or antisocial behaviour irrespective of whether it has been reported or not. The website will be multi-lingual and have a dedicated section for children/young people. It is also setting up a local Sexual Assault Referral Centre and has run free workshops for those supporting people affected by hate crime. The workshops were to improve understanding of hate crime and its impact in order to provide a more effective service to victims of hate crime. www.cumbria-pcc.gov.uk

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