With less than one week for victims of crime and anti-social behaviour to have their say on support services in the area, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, is encouraging more people to share their views.
The survey, which closes on June 3, 2018, will capture the comments of those who have taken part, to help shape the support services from April 1, 2019 - for which PCC Sue Mountstevens has the responsibility for awarding the £1.3 million support service contracts.
Victims can share their views via a confidential and anonymous survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/avon-and-somerset-victim-services/. People can also take part in an interview with a researcher Dr Sarah Senker, text "PCC" to 07555 422 150.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Over 500 victims have already taken the time to comment on the future of victim services across Avon and Somerset and I am very grateful for their input. It’s important we take the opportunity to speak with victims and help use their views to influence and shape our services, so they continue to meet the needs of our communities.
“Protecting the most vulnerable from harm is a priority in the Police and Crime Plan and ensuring victims have access to tailored support is an important part of this priority. Victims of crime and anti-social behaviour will have different needs and can only cope and recover from their experience if they receive the specific help they need through their journey.”
The current external contracts and grants will expire next year and the services which are being re-commissioned from April 1, 2019, are:
- An Emotional Support Service for adult victims of any crime or ASB
- A Vulnerable Adults Service for adult victims of any crime or ASB
- A Young Victims Service for victims of any crime or ASB up to the age of 18 (or 25 where there are additional needs)
- An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service
- A Restorative Justice Service for victims of any crime or ASB
- Contribution to local specialist provision for victims of Modern Slavery
- NEW - A small fund for providers to work together and support prevention and early intervention work
Tonic, an independent research organisation has been asked to ensure local victims and survivors have their voice heard on what is important to them, shaping the future of victim services.
Posted on Thursday 24th May 2018