AVoice, the service that supports victims going through the criminal justice system have published their first annual report.
The service, which was set up by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and run by The Care Forum, seAp and SARI, has worked with 285 people in the last year.
Most of those using the service said they had a disability or were vulnerable, and over a third said they experienced mental health problems. Most were victims of anti-social behaviour or hate crimes.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am delighted that over 280 victims have been supported by AVoice, our adults’ advocacy service. It is really important that victims are receiving the specialist support they need to help them cope and recover from a crime and ensuring their voices are heard.
“It’s clear that the service is making a difference to vulnerable adults and working together, The Care Forum, seAp and SARI, I believe we can support more victims over the comings years. I am confident that AVoice will continue to help those vulnerable individuals who unfortunately experience crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Jo Stokes is the Manager of AVoice. She said: “We are delighted that so many people have used the service, and tell us that the support we were able to give made a real difference. But they also tell us that problems still exist for victims in the criminal justice system. Some feel that the police are not on their side and others that communication is not good enough. Although we are an independent service from the Police and Crime Commissioner, we are really pleased that they are listening to our feedback. The project has been a real success and benefited victims, helping them at a difficult time. Our report goes into more detail, gives a case study and sets out the ambitions we now have for the next year.”
The annual report will be launched at a special event on Tuesday 28th June at 1230 in the Keynsham Community Space.
To book your free place please call The Care Forum on 0117 9654444.
To find out more about AVoice visit www.thecareforum.org/pageavoice.html
Posted on Thursday 23rd June 2016