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.
If you require support to help you cope and recover from the impact of a crime please visit the Essex Victims Gateway. https://www.essexvictimsgateway.org/
The Essex Victim Gateway website was created by the office of Police Fire and Crime Commissioner to bring together useful information about what to do if you have been a victim of crime in Essex. The Essex Victim Gateway also provides advice on what do and how to get help to cope and recover from the impact of crime.
Delivering the right support
The Police Fire and Crime Commissioner is committed to ensuring victims receive the support they are entitled to under the Victims Code of Practice and will ensure services for victims are driven by their needs and provide the necessary support to help them cope and recover from crime.
- We believe victims should be at the heart of the criminal justice system and are placing a special emphasis on their needs within each and every policing priority
- Every victim should receive the services they are entitled to under the victims code and we will ensure that the criminal justice agencies are held to account for the delivery against the code
- Everyone who reports a crime should be kept informed and updated about their case
- People who have experienced harm should receive appropriate support and be directly involved in the design of their services
- We will commission services which are driven by the needs of the victim and we will regularly seek feedback to improve and provide even better support, so victims are able to cope and recover from their experience
- Our Restorative Justice Services, which are focused on the needs of the victims, will expand to enable more victims to have access
In October 2014 the MOJ devolved responsibility for the provision of local victim support services and restorative justice to the Office of the Police Fire and Crime Commissioner. In preparation of these changes, a detailed analysis of victims’ needs across Essex was produced, as well as a review of local crime data and good practice from across the country.
A refresh of the needs analysis has been recently completed. The refresh evaluated progress since 2014 and identified any emerging needs of victims’ in Essex. The full assessment can be found here PROFILE OF VICTIMS NEEDS AND SERVICES IN ESSEX 2017.