LANCASHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner has unveiled his new strategy for aiding victims of crime across the county.
Clive Grunshaw wants to put victims and witnesses “at the heart” of services in Lancashire – and ensure their needs are being met by the services on offer.
The Commissioner will be responsible for commissioning victims’ services from April 2015 – although some services, such as those to support the families of homicide victims, will remain nationally funded.
The Commissioner said taking over responsibility presented an “exciting opportunity” to ensure Lancashire offered the best possible care and support for victims and witnesses.
Mr Grunshaw said: “The key thing for me is that victims’ services in Lancashire have victims’ needs at the heart of them.
“I want them to feel involved in the criminal justice process, to be kept up-to-date on their case, and to be treated with dignity at all stages of the process.
“Their needs have to be recognised so they can be effectively supported whatever happens – and it is vitally important to me we have services in Lancashire that are able to do that.”
The overarching aim of the strategy is to ensure the support is put in place to prevent people becoming repeat victims, protect victims from further harm and help them to cope and recover better following the crime.
The Commissioner added: “I believe I am in a unique position to bring organisations from across Lancashire together .”
To view the full strategy, visit www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk.