PCC ‘pride’ at victim support

PUBLISHED: 15:03 18 October 2015

Avon and Somerset Constabulary wants witnesses to come forward.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary wants witnesses to come forward.

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A NEW drive to ‘put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system’ has seen more than 25,000 people helped in its first year.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens launched a new project 12 months ago which is designed to support the most vulnerable, intimidated or persistently targeted victims of crime and antisocial behaviour.

She said: “As a victim you are subject to an ordeal, through no fault of your own, which can result in life changing circumstances and memories you may struggle to forget.

“When a victim is vulnerable they need stability and support. Working together, side-by-side we can all be fierce advocates for victims – putting their needs first and helping them on the road to recovery, regaining control of their life and overcoming their traumatic experience.”

The Lighthouse project has supported 200 people a day, which is a little more than half of all cases handled by the force.

Support services include independent sexual violence advisors, emotional support, an adult and young persons’ advocacy service and a modern slavery support service.

Mrs Mountstevens added: “It is only by offering these bespoke services can we truly be there for victims in their hour of need. I am proud of what has been achieved so far.”

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