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Young victims open up about life after crime at special event

Young victims of crime are set to share their stories of recovery during a special event attended by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

The event, which will be held at The Royal British Legion in Mickleover on Thursday 23 November, is being hosted by the Got Your Back victim support service which offers young victims of crime across Derbyshire practical and emotional help in the aftermath of their ordeal.  

The service, commissioned by Mr Dhindsa in 2016 to enhance the wellbeing of victims of crime and run by restorative justice charity Remedi, has helped a number of youngsters through the recovery and criminal justice process in Derby County and City.

Next week’s event, organised by members of Got Your Back’s Youth Forum, will celebrate and showcase its success by sharing real-life accounts of how the service has helped young people move on with their lives and aims to raise greater awareness of its services.

There will also be a 20-minute video of young victims’ speaking and explaining more about the service and its benefits.

The Commissioner, who will give a presentation as part of the event, will be among more than 60 different agencies in attendance.

He said: “I’m really excited to hear about GYB’s progress in tackling the emotional and psychological impact of crime on young victims across Derbyshire.

“The young people who have already accessed the service have positive and inspirational stories to tell. Quite often it is survivors of crime who can help encourage other victims to come forward and receive the help they need rather than suffering in silence.

“I’m also very hopeful this event will help encourage more partners and support agencies who work with young people to consider referring them to this very valuable service.”

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Posted on Tuesday 21st November 2017
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