SERVICES FOR VICTIMS
David Keane, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, is committed to putting victims of crime first and ensuring appropriate support is available to help people cope and recover from their ordeal.
Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for victims of crime. Since 2013, the Ministry of Justice has provided an annual grant to the Commissioner to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims and survivors of crime to be funded. Each grant has a set of conditions that governs the way the money is spent.
The What I Spend And How I Spend It section has more information on these grants.
In Cheshire, we use the broad definition of a victim that includes anyone who has been affected:
‘a person who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm or economic loss which was directly caused by criminal conduct’ and
‘a close relative (spouse, partner, relatives in direct line, siblings or dependents) of a person whose death was directly caused by criminal conduct’.
It is recognised that not everyone reports crime, and some are victims of incidents that are classed as ‘non-crime’ (such as anti-social behaviour). These victims may still need support to cope and recover, so support is offered, regardless of whether they have reported the matter to the police.
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.
Some areas of support to victims are still provided through the Government, such as:
- Homicide services – services for people affected by homicides is provided by Victim Support and for road traffic deaths through Aftermath
- A court-based witness service provided by Citizens Advice Bureau
- Victims of human trafficking refuge by Salvation Army
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.