Norfolk police chief backs victim support services

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Victim of crime services will now be supported by Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The services which were previously commissioned nationally by the Ministry of Justice are now to be secured by the commissioner, Stephen Bett.

Working with four other PCCs in the Eastern region, Mr Bett has joined forces with the charity Victim Support to deliver a victim referral and assessment service for the county.

He said: “I have welcomed the opportunity to take the lead on victims’ services as it means we can use our local knowledge to provide the best possible service for the people of Norfolk.

“In preparation for this change, we looked closely at the experiences of victims and witnesses in Norfolk and the support services currently available to them.

“The new assessment and referral service to be provided by our local Victim Support team will deliver an enhanced service for victims helping them cope and recover from the trauma they’ve experienced. The new arrangement will also make best use of Victim Support’s excellent links with specialist support organisations locally.”

Victim Support provides a wide range of emotional and practical support to people who have been victims of crime.