Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa launched the first in a series of roadshows (Friday 22 March) to raise awareness of new support services to help victims of crime recover from their experiences.
The Commissioner joined partners and support charities at Shirebrook Hub to showcase the wealth of help available in Derbyshire to protect vulnerable victims of crime.
The PCC’s pioneering CORE service for victims of crime was launched three years ago to help people rebuild their lives following sexual abuse, domestic violence, hate crime and other crimes.
Central to the new model of care is CORE’s website which connects victims of crime and antisocial behaviour with a range of local and national help providers.
Victims are given the power to “opt-in” or “opt-out” of the help system depending on their needs and can self-refer without ever reporting a crime to the police.
In addition, there is also dedicated support for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and a restorative justice support service giving victims the opportunity to meet the perpetrators of their crimes to aid the healing process.
Dozens of people turned out to the Commissioner’s inaugural roadshow in Shirebrook today to meet the various providers of support in Derbyshire, alongside the PCC.
Further roadshows will take place every month until November.
Mr Dhindsa said: “It was great to see and talk to so many people interested in the help we provide to victims of crime. Sharing information about CORE’s services could offer a lifeline to someone in crisis, even if we are not a victim of crime ourselves, which is why we are so keen to reach as many local people, professionals and partners as possible.
“CORE has already supported tens of thousands of victims but we want to ensure that everyone who would benefit from our services knows how and where to access help and this means spreading the word.
“Confronting painful and traumatic experiences of crime is not easy but there are people out there who are trained to help and give you the confidence to move forward in a positive way.
“So many crimes remain unreported but we are determined to change this by offering the very best response we can to build trust in our services.”
In addition to CORE, the PCC funds the ‘Got Your Back’ service which delivers practical and emotional support to help young people recover from crime.
The service, run by independent charity Remedi, was launched by the PCC in April 2018 and has seen an increasing number of young people self-refer for help from its specially-trained volunteers.
The Commissioner is hosting a victim roadshow in each of the nine districts in Derbyshire to reach as many residents as possible over the next eight months. The next event will be held in Derby City on April 26. For more information, visit the PCC’s website.
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Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2019