New information catalogue offers practical help to victims of crime

John Dwyer in Widnes

John Dwyer in Widnes

First published in News Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

An information catalogue of agencies and support networks is being produced to guide victims of crime to providers of the help and support that they need.

The voluntary and community sector across Cheshire has been awarded £74,049 from the capacity building and capability fund to compile this  information in an efficient and coherent way.

The money will also be used to run awareness seminars based on various different crime, such as domestic abuse and hate crime.

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer said "There are a vast range of services and support networks available to victims, with some agencies offering bespoke advice and support dependant on the type of crime.

Often people are unaware of exactly how many agencies are out there and the aim of the catalogue is to bring everything together, making the process as simple for the victim as possible.

"This catalogue will help put victims back in control, enabling them to identify services they could use to help them recover from the ordeal of the crime."

Cheshire Constabulary will still be offering crime prevention advice, and referring victims to support services, but this catalogue enables victims to actively seek out alternate options to aid their recovery.

Sally Yeoman, from Halton and St Helens voluntary and community action sector, said, "We are delighted to be working with Cheshire’s Police & Crime Commissioner on improving support to voluntary and community groups and developing an important resource for those affected by crime in our boroughs.

"We will be working closely with our colleagues Chester VA, CVS Cheshire East & VA Warrington to make sure we make the catalogue a comprehensive resource for victims locally."

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