From 2014, the Ministry of Justice will transfer the commissioning of some victim services to Police & Crime Commissioners in England and Wales. Cheshire’s Commissioner, John Dwyer, wants to hear from victims of crime about their experiences of services they’ve received.
John Dwyer said: "Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic and sometimes life changing event. It’s vital for me to understand what experiences victims’ have had and what their needs and expectations are for the services that are provided both by the variety of victim services organisations.
"One of my priorities in my Police & Crime Plan was looking into and exploring victim and witness services. I want to pay particular attention to three main areas, these are: prevention, coping with the experience and recovery. "
Between April 2012 and March 2013 there were over 37,000 victims of crime in Cheshire, and each one had a different experience and different expectations from the Constabulary and other service providers.
John added: "In an ideal world, I’d like to consult with every single victim in the county. That’s why the initial phase of my consultation will be a survey which will be sent out to victims over a variety of channels. This way I can gather the feedback and opinions from as many people as possible. In depth conversations will be had with victims to understand their feelings and experiences."
The first phase of the consultation will be starting soon. Keep checking www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk for more information.