Supporting victims of crime is one of the key areas of focus in the Police and Crime Plan for Essex and must be at the heart of everything we do.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, my overall ambition is for there to be fewer victims of crime in Essex, and we can help achieve this by reducing crime right across the county. When a crime does take place, victims should have the best possible help and support, both from Essex Police and from local support services.
The way that funding for victims’ services flows from central government to groups and organisations here in Essex is fundamentally changing. From October 2014 to March 2015, £600,000 will come to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to support victims and restorative justice. In 2015-16, £1.8 million will flow through my office, which includes additional money for victims’ referral and assessment. I am delighted that some of this is new funding to support victims.
In preparation for these changes, my team has produced a detailed analysis of victims’ needs across Essex, as well as a review of local crime data and of good practice from across the country. The needs analysis has been undertaken in consultation with key stakeholders including victims themselves and agencies working with victims. It can be read at the link below:
Earlier this year I consulted on my commissioning intentions which set-out my vision and intentions for commissioning services for victims of crime across Essex, Southend and Thurrock. I now have the pleasure of publishing the final version of these commissioning intentions below;
I was encouraged to receive a wide range of responses to this consultation exercise. A summary of the comments received, and the OPCC’s responses, are contained with the report below;
The document outlines my principles for commissioning services, the outcomes I am seeking to deliver, and the strategic approach I am taking to the commissioning of local victims’ services. The move to local commissioning represents an opportunity for me to ensure that services are developed with the victim at their core and they are reflective of, and responsive to, local need. I want to ensure that all victims of crime in Essex have access to the appropriate support services that they need to cope and recover from the harm they have experienced.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex
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