I wanted to take a moment to tell your readers about a new service available for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire.
VOICE replaced the traditional Victim Support service on October 1, and sees an increased level of support available for people who have been a victim or witness of a crime.
Anyone who has been a victim or witness of a crime in Northamptonshire is able to access VOICE, with different levels of support available.
These include a full needs assessment, telephone and face-to-face support, a dedicated helpline for victims of violence and abuse, specialist counselling and therapy for victims and their families affected by serious and fatal road traffic collisions and help and support through police investigations and court processes.
As well as assistance for victims and witnesses of crime, there is also help available for people who are persistently targeted by anti-social behaviour.
Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system has been the driving force of my time as PCC and I believe this service will improve provision in Northamptonshire.
This is about putting victims at the centre of what we do and not leaving them on the side lines.
The impact of being a victim of crime cannot be underestimated and it is essential people are able to access the help they need.
Victims and witnesses are referred to the service via Northamptonshire Police but can also make direct contact by calling 0300 303 1956.
Also please visit www.voicenorthants.org where more information is available.
Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner