Putting victims first
Plans to set up new support services for victims of crime and for the first time victims of anti-social behaviour in Avon and Somerset have been published by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
From October responsibility for putting in place support service for victims will pass to Police and Crime Commissioners from the Ministry of Justice, creating the opportunity for services to be better tailored to local need.
Following consultation Sue Mountstevens has decided to commission a brand new emotional support service for victims of crime and, for the very first time, of anti-social behaviour.
She will also be funding new, more enhanced advocacy services for victims with additional needs such as young people and vulnerable adults.
Sue Mountstevens said: "This is a really exciting opportunity to make sure that support services really make a difference to victims’ lives and help them cope and recover. By being able to offer support for the most vulnerable and to include victims of anti-social behaviour is a real change in approach.
"Over the past few months we have been listening to the views of providers, partners and victims. This has allowed us to really develop the support victims tell us they need and has allowed us to go further than before with new emotional and advocacy services.
"It remains a priority of mine to improve victim satisfaction and give victims a greater voice and influence over the services they receive. The new support services will be just one of the ways that this will happen."
The new support services which start in April 2015 and will run for three years, also includes the independent sexual violence advisor (ISVA) service already in place across Avon and Somerset.
The proposals have been published on the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner website and now organisations and charities interested in providing advocacy services have the opportunity to register their interest.
There will also be an information event for those interested in delivering advocacy services on Tuesday, September, 9 at 10am at Police Headquarters, Portishead. Anyone wishing to attend should register here
Read more here - http://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Document-Library/Victims/FINAL-Commissioning-Plan-August-2014.pdf
Posted on Wednesday 3rd September 2014