Victim support calls for victims and witnesses of crime to take part in focus groups in Cambridgeshire

VICTIM Support will be running focus groups and interviews with victims and witnesses of crime in Cambridgeshire over the next three months as part of a national project to raise awareness of important local issues facing victims and witnesses.

The Victim Support ‘victims’ services advocates project’ will involve talking to victims and witnesses about their experience of crime and finding out what services are available for them across England and Wales. Local victims’ services advocates employed by the charity will produce local reports on their findings. These will be used to raise awareness of important issues affecting victims and witnesses and to make sure that each new police and crime commissioner has victim and witness issues on their agenda when they are elected in November 2012.

Emma Hildreth Victims’ Services Advocate for Cambridgeshire is looking for victims and witnesses of antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate crime to take part in local focus groups or individual interviews. Victims must have experienced the crime within the last two years and not currently be involved in criminal justice proceedings or a court case relating to the crime.

Emma Hildreth explained the importance of giving local victims and witnesses a voice: “We are asking local people to take part in this important project to represent the needs and views of people who have experienced crime in Bedfordshire. We want to find out how people have been treated as a victim or witness by the police and criminal justice system and if they have found suitable services to support them through a difficult time in their lives”

Victim Support will be holding focus groups across Cambridgeshire throughout the next three months.

If you are interested in taking part in a one of the focus groups or arranging an interview please contact: Emma Hildreth at Emma.Hildreth@victimsupport.org.uk or call 07506-725145 or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk for more details.