Last Updated: 03/05/2019
South Wales Victim Focus, part of independent national charity Victim Support, today hosted the first South Wales Victim Focus Conference to discuss how agencies can work together to ensure the best support is available for victims and witnesses of crime across South Wales.
The South Wales Victim Focus Conference brought together South Wales Police, staff from the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and other agencies (housing, domestic abuse services, sexual violence services, national probation service, youth offending service, drug and alcohol services and more) to discuss best practice between the groups to ensure that victims and witnesses have the help and support they need to cope and recover from the impacts of crime.
As well as discussing plans for agencies to work better together, the conference looked at the future plans for the South Wales Victim Focus service and delegates heard from Victim Focus Staff, as well as staff from other agencies and volunteers. Powerful stories were presented from victims who have benefited from South Wales Victim Focus’ support and the difference this has made to them by helping them to better cope with everyday life and improving their health and wellbeing.
Suzanne Bocoum, Operations Manager for South Wales Victim Focus, said:
“This is such a great opportunity to show the difference we can make for victims, witnesses and anyone affected by crime, by working together to ensure the victim is at the centre of what we do. Recognising that we all play a part in supporting victims helps us to work together to ensure relevant and appropriate agencies are involved when needed.”
Alun Michael, South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner who addressed the conference, said:
“Here in South Wales, we have placed great focus on ensuring that victims are placed at the heart of all we do, an approach shared by the Chief Constable and defined within our joint Police & Crime Plan. The success of South Wales Victim Focus over the past 2 years demonstrates the importance of working in partnership and learning from lived experiences to provide a truly localised and victim centred approach to the communities of South Wales
South Wales Victim Focus is an independent charity that provides practical help and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime, whether or not they have reported to the police.
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