Supporting Victims

Supporting Victims2020-08-20T14:26:21+01:00

When people are victims of crime, they need quality and timely support to help repair the harm done and rebuild their lives.

The Ministry of Justice has granted the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner approximately £1.3m to commission services to help victims to cope and recover from crime. The PCC’s focus on Supporting Victims includes funding the Surrey Police Victim and Witness Care Unit as well as engaging with a range of organisations and individuals to improve the experience and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System for victims.

Supporting victims of crime and anti-social behaviour

When people in Surrey are victims of crime, whether they wish to report it to police or not, they need high quality services to help them cope and recover. The Police and Crime Plan includes making sure victims of crime are supported to have a more positive experience of the whole criminal justice system – from the point of reporting, through to a resolution.

Providing specialist services

There are victims of crime and survivors who, due to the nature of their experience, their circumstances or both, require more specialist, longer-term support to rebuild their lives. This includes individuals who suffer domestic abuse, rape and serious sexual offences, children and victims of modern slavery.

Dedicated funding from the PCC’s Victims Fund allows organisations in Surrey to provide expert, targeted support, while funding a dedicated Surrey Police Victim and Witness Care Unit that receives an average of over 8,000 referrals a month. It is important that that those with multiple needs in Surrey are identified and that we continue to work with our partners to provide the best possible support.

Supporting victims and witnesses through the Criminal Justice System

Police, courts, the Crown Prosecution Service and others support complainants and witnesses who come forward, as well as those accused of crime, and must ensure their journey through the criminal justice system is as smooth as possible.

We’re working hard to engage with individuals who have an involvement with the Criminal Justice System to identify where improvements can be made. For Victims, this could include funding assistance for disadvantaged or existing vulnerable individuals, or support to help make providing evidence and statements less traumatic, such as ensuring anonymity or the ability to testify remotely.

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The specialist Victim Witness Care Unit established in 2019.