A better deal for victims of crime
Supporting vulnerable people and victims of crime across the force area is central to The PCC's Police and Crime Plan for 2015-17. One of his key objectives is to represent the diverse interests of communities throughout County Durham and Darlington, including those of the vulnerable and victims.
As part of his role as Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), The PCC is the Chair of the Local Criminal Justice Board (LCJB) which brings together the work of partners to support victims of crime and witnesses. This helps to improve the victim’s journey through the criminal justice system. The LCJB also co-ordinate rehabilitation services which encourage people to turn away from the criminal lifestyle.
Your PCC meets with a number of victim related services in order to create and maintain important links, and works with them to address the key areas he is focussing on in his Police and Crime Plan.
Ron has produced the following report, ensuring victims' needs are central to his work as PCC:
If you have been affected by crime
Victims' Information Service
This nationwide service helps you find local support after a crime takes place. Recently launched in August 2015, it brings together
information on what will happen after reporting a crime, the people you might meet, the help you should get and how to complain if something goes wrong.
The PCC commissioned the organisation Victim Support to provide the necessary advice and support to people who have been affected by crime, in County Durham and Darlington:
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime came into force on 10 December 2013. This is a statutory Government document which sets out the information, support and services that victims of crime are entitled to receive from criminal justice agencies in England and Wales. These criminal justice agencies include the police and Crown Prosecution Service.
The Code covers the support victims should expect at every stage of the process from reporting a crime to post-trial support. This includes an entitlement to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) explaining how the crime has affected you emotionally, financially or in any other way, and an entitlement to be kept informed about the progress of a court trial.
The new Code sets out enhanced support for victims of the most serious crime, persistently targeted and vulnerable or intimidated victims. It also includes a section dedicated to the needs of children and young people, their parents and guardians.
Businesses that are victims are also covered by the Victims’ Code, which sets out the specific entitlements they have if they are a victims of crime.
The following resources are available on the gov.uk website, as well as being made available below:
Please visit the Commissioning page for details about how the PCC commissions services for victims of crime.