Police boss launches fund for crime victims

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A NEW fund to help victims of crime has been launched by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

The Supporting Victims Fund has been set up to strengthen and improve victims’ services across the force area and is aimed at supporting victims of crime and helping them to cope and cover from their experience.

Funding is available for organisations who provide support to victims of crime. Individual applications can be made or organisations can apply together as a partnership.

The fund is open to a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations, local partnerships, youth offending teams and charitable organisations in the Northumbria area.

Mrs Baird said: “Putting victims first is a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan. In Northumbria, we are striving to ensure victims of crime with the greatest need have access to support that is tailored to them and will best help them to cope and recover.

“I also want to make sure that victims of crime feel confident to seek help when they need it and when they do, the right support is available for them.”

She added: “Through the Supporting Victims Fund, all of this will be made possible. We hope to see more victims come forward, improved victim and witness experiences at court, identification of the most vulnerable victims of crime so that they are provided with personal support and all round enhanced services for those who need it most.”

For more information, go to www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk/police-crime-plan/commissioning-services-grants/