In Autumn 2016, Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner announced a new service for victims suffering from mental ill health.
The service focuses on early access to independent advocacy, specifically for people with mental health needs, who become a victim of crime. This support will assist the victim at key decision-making points during their journey across the criminal justice system.
Ron is committed to putting services in place that assist and enable people to cope and recover from the impact of the crime to help them regain control of their lives. He said:
“Being a victim of crime can impact on many aspects of an individual’s life. While the level of impact will vary depending on the type of crime and an individual’s personal circumstances, victims of crime with mental health needs are deemed to be significantly more likely to report adverse effects than the general population or people with other types of disability."
Since the announcement of this new service, Helen Johnson has been appointed as Mental Health Advocate for victims with mental health issues.
This post is funded by Ron to support his vision to help protect vulnerable people in our communities.
Helen’s role is to support victims of crime who may be struggling to understand and navigate the criminal justice process. She is employed by Partners for Justice, a Newcastle company, but works exclusively across County Durham and Darlington.
How to access this free service
If you are a victim of crime and suffer from mental health issues, or if you know someone who is, and would benefit from this new advocacy service, please contact Advocacy Centre North using the details below: