Victims First Connect – local links to support victims of crime

Article date
3 April 2018
Primary interest
Crime and Offending

Victims First Connect aims to create a localised link between those requiring support after being impacted by a crime and Victims First itself. It will allow someone to access a point in their community to find out more about the services available to victims of crime, receive crime prevention/ safety advice, report a hate crime and/or have someone process a referral for support on their behalf.

So, how can you help?
Victims First Connect consists of information points across the Thames Valley in places such as community centres, shops, leisure centres, colleges, universities and libraries The scheme is structured into three different tiers which will all provide different levels of information and/or immediate support

Tier 1 –is the lowest tier and it will be as simple as a poster with contact details for Victims First

Tier 2 –is similar to Tier 1 but it will include further literature on Victims First and the support provided, hate crime and how to report it, and crime prevention/ safety advice.

Tier 3 –will provide all of the above but will have the added benefits of someone at the Victims First Connect point who will be aware of the services available and can talk through the options.. They will also be able to provide crime prevention and safety advice if necessary, instigate a referral to Victims First and are able to process third party reports of hate crime.

Find out more about Victims First Connect and how to get involved

Victims First is dedicated to making sure that all victims of crime receive the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of their crime. The Victims First website has a directory of support for victims of crime across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

Sarah Morland

As RVA's Partnership Manager, I seek and develop cross-sector partnership opportunities, facilitating communications between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies. I give advice and support on: planning, developing and promoting services and measuring impact.