A new support service for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire is due to launch in October, the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner has announced.
The service, called Voice, will be run by Victim Support, and will aim to address the recommendations for improvement in the delivery of services and support to victims and witnesses identified in the Victims’ Voice report published last year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds will be responsible for the new service that is also part of the Government’s plans to move the funding of victim support services from national to local control.
Mr Simmonds said: “Our plan in Northamptonshire is to make the care for victims and witnesses second to none and I am really determined to see this service learn from the people it helps and continually improve. Giving responsibility to local people for the design of such important local services is a really key moment and Northamptonshire gets to lead the way.”
Mick Studley, Divisional Manager for Victim Support in Northamptonshire who successfully bid for the contract to run the service, said the organisation had helped thousands of crime victims and witnesses in Northamptonshire over the past few decades.
He said: “This new service will give victims in Northamptonshire the practical and emotional support they need to find the strength to move on after a crime and we look forward to working closely with Northamptonshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver it.”
Anyone can contact the new team directly, or can be referred by Northamptonshire Police and other agencies.
The Victims’ Voice was published in September 2013 and provided 79 challenging recommendations for improvement.