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It is one of the Commissioner’s priorities to put victims at the heart of everything he does and this includes funding support services which help victims of crime cope and recover from their ordeal.
Police & Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime and receive an annual grant from the Ministry of Justice to ensure victims’ services in their area are properly funded. In 2018/19, the Commissioner committed £1.2 million to fund victims’ services. This included support for Cheshire CARES, the flagship service which offers support to every single victim of crime in Cheshire, and also more bespoke services which support victims of specific crimes.
In Cheshire, the Commissioner works with partner agencies and voluntary sector organisations to get the best services in place to ensure victims get the care and support they need to help them.
A full list of victim service funding for 2018/19 can be found on the Victim’s Grant website page and to find out more about the valuable projects commissioned to support victims in Cheshire then details can be found in the Commissioner’s Annual Report.
For information on victim services around the country and national services, please see the National Victims’ Information Service website or contact the freephone helpline number 0808 168 9293.