Police say victims of crime can still ‘be heard’ in coronavirus pandemic

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says victims of crime should still come forward

Police are urging victims of crime to still come forward and know they can still #BeHeard during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the need for local people to stay at home to help save lives and lessen the impact on the NHS – Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens is encouraging victims and survivors to still come forward and speak out.

She is reassuring them – especially those in domestic abuse environments – that help is still available.

The PCC and her team are working alongside local commissioned victim services to ensure the providers can deliver advocacy, emotional and psychological support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Victims can access support whether they choose to report the crime to the police or not, no matter how long ago it took place.

Many of the services are offering remote support via phone or web chat, and their helplines remain active.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “…We want to hear from victims of all crimes but we are particularly aware of the real risk those living in domestic abuse environments find themselves in.

“Those living with an abusive partner are having to be confined to their homes with the perpetrator and are even more isolated from loved ones; I cannot stress enough that help is still out there and you do not need to suffer in silence 

“My team is in regular contact with all of our commissioned services, who I know are working around the clock to find new ways of supporting local people.

” It is more important than ever that we are working together to ensure victims are still able to get the help they so desperately need during the lockdown.”

For more information about the victim services visit: https://www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Commissioning-and-Grants/Victim-Services/Victim-Services-for-20192020.aspx

To report a crime or abuse, call the police on 999 or 101. You can report online by visiting:https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/report/

If you or someone you know is a victim of crime and you wish to report anonymously, please call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.