Image: Baroness Newlove (L) with PCVC Ron Hogg
THE VICTIMS’ Commissioner was invited by Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victsims' Commissioner to meet local victims of crime and service providers which support victims.
Baroness Newlove was speaking today after meeting with victims during a visit to Durham Police headquarters, where she said Durham Police needs to do more to support victims of anti-social behaviour.
She said: “Very few of the victims I spoke to today feel supported by the police. The whole purpose of my visit is to go around the country have meetings with the police and crime commissioners and chief constables to report back what victims have been saying to me.
“There has been some positives from the victims I have seen, but sadly the majority don’t feel they have that engagement with the police.
“From the anti-social behaviour I have heard about they are very traumatised. They don’t feel they can report that to the police and they don’t think they’ve got that support. I think the police need to do further work.”
PCVC Ron Hogg said: “Baroness Newlove has given us some interesting feedback. It is not all good news, as you would expect, and we are going to take up on everything she has reported back to us. It's all about her coming and giving us that independent perspective to help us understand the experiences of some local victims of crime.”
Since April last year (2016), Ron has commissioned a nmber of services to support victims of crime, including the Victims Care and Advice Service (VCAS) which replaced the previous services of Victim Support, and Advocacy Centre North, to support victims suffering from mental ill health who need support through the criminal justice system.
Posted on Monday 6th March 2017