01 March 2017
Nottinghamshire Victim CARE, commissioned by the PCC last year and run from Nottingham, has been in operation since 1 January this year and is already delivering daily holistic one-to-one support to a significant number of victims, helping them to move on with their lives and reduce their risk of repeat victimisation.
The Catch22 team of professional caseworkers and highly-trained volunteers, delivers a range of advice and support services for victims of crime and incorporates restorative justice methods, advocacy, information and advice, and drop-in facilities from a Victims’ Hub and across the county in a variety of community locations. It also includes access to a hardship fund to smooth the journey to recovery.
During the visit, the Commissioner met members of the Nottingham Victim CARE team and saw first-hand the enhanced care and support available for those struggling to cope in the aftermath of a crime – regardless of whether they reported it to police or not.
Speaking after the visit, Paddy Tipping said:
‘I was really impressed with the speed at which victims of crime can now access help and the specialist support services available through the new dedicated team.
‘Unless people get the support they need from the outset, very often their problems can escalate and affect many aspects of their lives including their relationships, families, work and education.
‘The Nottingham Victim CARE service is focused on reaching everybody that needs help including those living in rural villages, high-crime areas and those isolated through physical or emotional challenges and I’m excited by all the future plans to expand this help within the community.’
The new service aims to establish ‘pop-up’ and drop-in surgeries in community venues and at events to target harder-to-reach communities and high crime areas.
The three-year contract will also see the development of ‘community points’ with local organisations providing support for victims, regular drop in sessions in rural areas and a Victims’ Forum aimed at helping shape the CARE service.
Katherine Cant, Head of Service for Nottinghamshire Victim CARE, said:
‘It was a pleasure to welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner to Nottinghamshire Victim CARE today to meet the team and hear about how we are providing specialist support to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour across the county. Victim CARE is keen to work with communities across Nottinghamshire to enhance the service that victims of crime receive, whether they report the crime or not, and to ensure our service reaches all those that need support.’