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7 November, 2022

Innovative schemes to help victims in North Yorkshire and York feature in latest national report

Front cover - Victims in Focus report
Innovative schemes to help victims in North Yorkshire and York are featured in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioner's national report.

The APCC’s Victims In Focus report highlights the innovative work that Police and Crime Commissioners have implemented to develop practices which support victims, demonstrating their commitment and collaborative approach to tackling some of the most harmful and traumatic crimes.

The report highlights the Supporting Victims service of which Commissioner Zoë says:

“I am incredibly proud of our in-house supporting victims service which is one of only very few within OPFCC/OPCC offices.

“The team work hard to support anyone affected by crime, whether reported or not, including victims, bereaved relatives, parents or guardians of victims under 18 and members of staff where a business has been a victim of crime.”

In June 2022 Commissioner Zoë published her overarching strategy to address violence against women and girls across North Yorkshire and York which also features in the report, Zoë said:

“Listening to the victim’s voice was crucial in developing a strategy to tackle violence against women and girls; we had to get it right and couldn’t have done it without the feedback provided in the focus groups and online survey.”

Talking about this latest national report, APCC Victims Leads, Donna Jones and Sophie Linden said:

“Victims’ advocacy is at the heart of everything Police and Crime Commissioners do. By commissioning essential services, they are supporting victims in their journey to recovery. They work hand in hand with partner organisations and stakeholders to deliver these services and understand how to put victims needs at the centre of the criminal justice system. They also have an integral role in listening to victims’ voices and advocating for them both locally and nationally, including through the delivery of local Violence Against Women and Girls action plans.”

Read the Victims In Focus report to find out how Commissioner Zoë is advocating for victims; developing innovative services for victims; and using multi-year funding to fund quality services for victims.