Lancashire Victim Services launch new online support system for victims of crime

A new online support resource for victims of crime in Lancashire has been launched in an effort to help victims manage the impact crime has had on them.

Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 4:55 pm
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner

Called My Support Space, the free resource has been developed by Victim Support and is delivered locally by Lancashire Victim Services, offering a confidential and safe space where people can choose how they want to be supported following a crime including - pertinently, during this coronavirus epidemic - ways to access support from your own home.

Offering a range of tools to help people cope and move forward following a crime, My Support Space has a series of interactive guides which address their specific needs and which feature videos, techniques, activities, and tips.

“Victim Support is committed to ensuring that victims of crime receive effective support in a way that works for them," said Claire Powell, Contract Manager at Lancashire Victim Services. "We are delighted to launch My Support Space in Lancashire as it gives victims new and innovative ways of accessing support, even when they’re self-isolating.

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“My Support Space contains guides on a variety of topics, such as difficult emotions, coping strategies, trauma, and sleep," added Claire. "We know that these are common issues that people may face after crime, but are even more important during the coronavirus outbreak, as victims find the justice process essentially paused.”

Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, added: “I am pleased to see new ways of support becoming available at a time when victims may need it most. These new resources are available now so please contact Lancashire Victim Services to access them if you are struggling following a crime.

“Lancashire Victim Services’ support line also remains open. If you would like to speak to someone for emotional support, advice or practical help please contact the service.”

Victims of crime can contact Lancashire Victim Services on 0300 323 0085, use the live chat at lancashirevictimservices.org, or email [email protected]

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