A new service, Victims First has been launched across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, providing free emotional and therapeutic support to all victims and witnesses of crime, as well as family members of victims if they require it.
The service, managed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner allows for one front door for all victims in the Thames Valley who require support and is available regardless of the crime, whether it has been reported to the police or not and when or where it took place
Victims First can provide support to any victim of crime including domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, harassment, cyber-crime, fraud, theft, burglary and exploitation.
Victims will have access to a range of services depending on their needs, including:
- Telephone support
- Face to face support
- Advocacy, including, help to access other services such as sexual health clinics, drug and alcohol services and legal services
- Support through the criminal justice system
- Therapeutic counselling
For more information, visit the Victims First website at www.victims-first.org.uk
You can contact Victims First by calling 0300 1234 148 or make an online referral through the Victims First website.
There is also lots of information about crime, crime prevention and support on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/victimsfirstTV/