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Better services to benefit victims of crime

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Image: PCVC Ron Hogg

A PLEDGE to turn promises of improved support for victims, into reality, is the cornerstone of a report published today.

The report ‘Delivering change for victims and witnesses: from policy to reality’, outlines ambitious plans by Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ commissioner, to improve the experience of victims and witnesses and ensure their voices are heard.

Ron said: “Over the course of my career I have gained first-hand experience of the often devastating impact that crime has on victims, those closest to them and our wider communities.  For this reason I am determined to ensure that the needs of victims and witnesses are central both to the work of the police and to the rest of the criminal justice system.”

The report outlines the progress that has been made in making more services available to victims and witnesses across County Durham and Darlington, and sets out Ron’s plans for the future. This includes his commitment to working with partners throughout the criminal justice system, to ensure victims and witnesses to a crime receive the support they need.

Ron recognises individuals are likely to require individual support, based on their own needs and circumstances. “It is important that each person receives high quality support that is tailored to their circumstances, and that it is provided at the right time and is delivered in a sensitive and respectful manner” he said. “I am committed to ensuring this is delivered across the whole of County Durham and Darlington.”

Ron will be announcing brand new support services for victims over the coming weeks.

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Posted on Thursday 6th October 2016
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