When people are victims of crime, they need quality and timely support to help repair the harm done and rebuild lives.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has granted our office approximately £1.3m to commission services to help victims to cope and recover from crime. In June 2020, the Office successfully bid for an additional £338,000 made available by the MoJ, to help key services cope with the expected surge in demand following the easing of Covid-19 pandemic restrictions.
The PCC’s focus on Supporting Victims includes funding the Srrey 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.
Our dedicated Victim’s Fund and Coronavirus Support Fund provide additional grant funding to services supporting victims of domestic abuse and their families, sexual assault and rape. Visit our Funding Hub for more information or to apply.
Our areas of work include:
- Supporting victims of crime
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.Our funding 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.
- Ensuring value for money and collaboration
Funding provided by PCC’s Office to support victims in Surrey needs to be spent to the best effect. We’re working with our partners to co-commission and co-ordinate our spending and to continue to make sure we are collectively improving outcomes for victims. Full details of what we spend can be found on our Transparency and Funding pages.
Use the tabs below to find out more about the work we have done, and the work that we plan to continue supporting victims across Surrey: