Victims of crime can have a say

PEOPLE can have a say on what services are needed to support victims of crime at an event this month.

The Safer Hartlepool Partnership – a partnership of Hartlepool Borough Council, Cleveland Police and other organisations working together to reduce crime and make the town a safer place – is running a ‘Services for Victims’ event.

Organisers say it is an important opportunity for people to find out more about the services available to victims of crime in Hartlepool and give their views on where more support is needed.

The event will include presentations on the Government’s drive to provide services with a ‘victim-centred’ approach, including the increasing prominence of restorative justice.

There will also be workshops to explore and discuss different aspects of services for victims, including:

● Support for young victims and victims of hate crime;

● Assessing vulnerability;

● Whether people can access services effectively;

● What restorative justice can offer for Hartlepool;

● What else can be done to help victims recover.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, said: “Providing support for victims of crime in Hartlepool is an integral part of the partnership’s work and it’s vital that we ensure we are providing the best and most effective services, particularly in the light of developments on a national level.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along to this event to find out more about the support we give to victims and to give us their views on whether there are things which we could be doing better.”

Anyone interested in attending the event is asked to confirm in advance by contacting Claire Hunter on (01429) 523100 or emailing Claire Hunter by noon on Friday, October 5.