PCC Sue Mountstevens with members of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, members of the Taunton ASDA superstore team, Victim Support and local residents
Victims of anti-social behaviour can now receive support and advice at a twice weekly drop-in session at ASDA in Taunton thanks to a project funded by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
A total of £67,750 from the Community Safety Grant for Somerset was awarded by the PCC to Victim Support to deliver an independent support service to help victims cope and recover from anti-social behaviour (ASB).
The drop in sessions, run by staff and volunteers from the local community, will be available between 10am and 12 noon on Tuesdays and 2pm and 4pm on Thursdays, to give free and confidential help and support.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "This is the first dedicated independent support service to help victims of anti-social behaviour and I hope that this multi-agency commitment to resolving this crime will really make a difference to victims.
"Anti-social behaviour is one of the most frequent concerns that local residents raise with me. An important focus for me over the coming months is to ensure we have appropriate support services for victims and that includes those experiencing ASB."
Anti-social behaviour can take many forms including verbal abuse or threatening behaviour, vandalism, graffiti, noise, littering, drunkenness. In some cases these incidences are a one-off, however sometimes they can be repeated with some individuals persistently targeted.
Susanne Jarman, Senior Service Delivery Manager, from Victim Support said: "The drop-in sessions give people a chance to speak to someone from Victim Support in confidence. They can get information and support there and then, as well as details of how we can continue to help. The sessions will make us much more accessible to victims and witnesses who may need some information or even emotional support."
Sessions, hosted by a dedicated caseworker supported by volunteers, will focus on anti-social behaviour with leaflets available for people to take away. However victims and witnesses of any crime can drop-in to any of the sessions.
Drop-in sessions are also available on Thursdays 10am until 12 noon in Chard Guildhall and on the first Friday of every month in Yeovil Morrisons foyer.
Booking an appointment is not necessary, and anyone can get help regardless of whether or not they have reported the anti-social behaviour to the police.
Posted on Tuesday 19th August 2014