Bournemouth EchoVictims of crime to benefit from new support projects (From Bournemouth Echo)

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Victims of crime to benefit from new support projects funded by fines

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

VICTIMS of crime will benefit from new projects in Dorset funded by a £300,000 government grant.

Projects put forward for funding by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill include mental health outreach workers, support for child victims of serious sexual offences, extra services for men and women suffering domestic abuse, and specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hate crime case workers.

Mr Underhill said: “This will see a real improvement in victim care and help us to fill in the gaps where provision is lacking. For example, we will now be able to offer courses to male victims of domestic abuse and specialist counselling to child victims of domestic abuse.

“That is really exciting and will make a positive difference to many people’s lives.”

The funding is derived from victim surcharges paid by offenders nationally, and income from fines.

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8:06am Thu 3 Jul 14

losthope says...

Should this not have read 'some' victims of crime to benefit? Young victims of crime are still basically ignored while all the services are focused on the attempt to avoid criminalising the offender.
Should this not have read 'some' victims of crime to benefit? Young victims of crime are still basically ignored while all the services are focused on the attempt to avoid criminalising the offender. losthope
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8:20am Thu 3 Jul 14

fayblitz says...

nice to hear something will be in place for some victims. i was the victim of a very serious crime 8 years and had no help with mental health problems that developed afterwards by any organisations. i had to seek the help myself and find out what was available through my gp. Even now i still need help as a victim as the offender is soon to be released causing added problems to my health (worry/stress/anxiet
y etc) and nobody offers any support and the crime was a serious and very violent sex offence.
nice to hear something will be in place for some victims. i was the victim of a very serious crime 8 years and had no help with mental health problems that developed afterwards by any organisations. i had to seek the help myself and find out what was available through my gp. Even now i still need help as a victim as the offender is soon to be released causing added problems to my health (worry/stress/anxiet y etc) and nobody offers any support and the crime was a serious and very violent sex offence. fayblitz
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9:32am Thu 3 Jul 14

dorsetgills says...

Services are lacking after being assaulted 11 years ago I have flash backs a few times a week when I sleep. Tho I'm confident and able to handle myself now these still haunt me
Services are lacking after being assaulted 11 years ago I have flash backs a few times a week when I sleep. Tho I'm confident and able to handle myself now these still haunt me dorsetgills
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9:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Azphreal says...

'include mental health outreach workers, support for child victims of serious sexual offences, extra services for men and women suffering domestic abuse, and specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hate crime case workers. ' Or of course have more police to stop some of these happening,i thought that there were already things in place for victims of abuse?
'include mental health outreach workers, support for child victims of serious sexual offences, extra services for men and women suffering domestic abuse, and specialist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hate crime case workers. ' Or of course have more police to stop some of these happening,i thought that there were already things in place for victims of abuse? Azphreal
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