Lancashire Victim Services continue to support victims of crime despite coronavirus pandemic
With this month marking the third anniversary of the founding of Lancashire Victim Services, officials say the programme is continuing to support victims of crime during the coronavirus pandemic.
Claiming they are committed to ensuring help can be accessed by anyone affected by crime in Lancashire, the service provides support for victims of all types of crime from its four hubs based in Accrington, Blackpool, Lancaster, and Preston, with specialist support available to victims of domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault, hate crime, and young people.
"It is a strange time for an anniversary but it gives us the opportunity to highlight that all our services are open for business," said Claire Powell, Account Manager at LVS, with the service having received over 67,000 referrals in the past year. "Our message is simple. If you have been affected by any type of crime, whether recently or in the past, we are here to support you.
"It is important for people to know that our specialist support services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and hate crime also remain available during the pandemic," she added. "Young people affected by crime, bullying or harassment continue to be supported by our Nest Lancashire team who help under 18s with anything they might need.
"We have implemented new ways of working which means that there are different options for people to speak to us remotely," Claire continued. "We also have a live chat on our website and a variety of self-help resources which we can make available for people to access from home through our online service 'My Support Space'.
"If there is anything you need following a crime, please get in touch, we are here to help."
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, said: "These are challenging times for us all but if you have fallen victim to crime, during the pandemic or before, it might make things even tougher. I am pleased to know that LVS are doing all they can to continue to offer their support whilst ensuring the safety of staff and those they help.
"I commission these services to ensure that expert help is available across the county, please don't suffer in silence and contact them if you need support," he added.