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Victory for all victims in the West Midlands

2015-02-18 00:11:53

Victims CommissionersSIX OF THE BEST: (from left) - Joan Campbell, Yvonne Mosquito, Maureen Connolly, David Jamieson, Cath Hannon, and Camille Ade-John at the launch at Community Vision’s offices in the Jewellery Quarter

THE WEST Midlands is leading the way in a pioneering move to make sure that victims of crime have the best possible support - thanks to the UK's first Victim's Commission.

David Jamieson, the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner, who has succeeded the late Bob Jones, who died suddenly last August, launched the victim-led scheme at the offices of Community Vision in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

For the first time, voluntary groups and experts from across the region will join forces to give people support for whatever experiences they have gone through - from serious road accidents and business crime to child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, rape and hate crime.

Two years ago the Government announced that crime commissioners across the UK would be given the power and budget to support victims.

Cath Hannon, a retired West Midlands Police Superintendent, who has been appointed as the project's champion, said it would place victims at the heart of the process.

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Camille-Ade John and Joan Campbell, who are directors of Community Vision explained how they offered a complete wrap-around services for families in crisis and how this scheme would help them greatly.

Jamieson told the launch: "I want there to be as few victims of crime as possible, but when crimes do take place and victims are harmed, making sure they get the best possible support has to be the priority."

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Deputy Commissioner Councillor Yvonne Mosquito added: "Becoming a victim of crime can have a life changing effect. Few things are more important than supporting and helping victims of crime through the difficult times they experience.

"Delivering a comprehensive service to victims across a large and diverse area like ours is challenging. We need to make sure that services meet the needs of victims from different boroughs and different cultures.”

The priority areas include: fatal road accidents, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, rape and serious sexual offences, domestic abuse, robbery, burglary, anti-social behaviour, human trafficking, forced marriage, child abuse and business crime.

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