Supporting victims of crime in our community (16 Jan 2017)

Victims of crime can call in to get advice if they feel they have witnessed or suffered physical or emotional harm, monetary loss or wrong doing.

The drop-in service based at Brian Jackson House will launch on Monday 23 January 2017 when the public will be given an open invitation and will be encouraged to come along between 10am to 1.30pm and take a look around, talk to staff and find out more about the free service. Council and partner services representatives will also be there to speak with people about victim support and conflict resolution.

Cllr Masood Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion & Schools said:

"It's extremely important that all victims of crime are given the right level of help and support that's necessary.

"This service will continue to build on the excellent work that is in place or underway - with staff who can provide guidance and advice including explaining any legal processes; will hopefully help to make it easier for people to take control of the situation that is affecting them.

"I'm really looking forward to being at the launch event and meeting the staff who will play a key role in running this 'free' service, along with members of the community, our partners and of course the residents of Kirklees who will benefit from using this service now and in the future."

Kirklees Supporting Victims works in partnership with Victim Support, Police, Children's, and Adults safeguarding, and other community partners throughout Kirklees to ensure victims of crime are supported regardless of race, gender, sex, disability religion, or age.

Carol Gilchrist, Head of Safe and Cohesive Communities said: "This is another example of strong partnership working across the Kirklees District and I am pleased we have been able to develop this vital service to victims and witnesses. No victim should go unsupported and this work builds upon and strengthens our commitment to keeping people safe in Kirklees."

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "I have been working in partnership to set up victims hubs across West Yorkshire so that victims and witnesses have a designated place to go for information, advice and support.

"I am delighted to have provided matched partnership funding towards this project in Kirklees. I have pledged to put victims first in West Yorkshire and this new service in Kirklees does exactly that in providing further access to victims services in Huddersfield and across Kirklees.

"It's crucial that we work together to provide the best possible services and Safer Kirklees and Victim Support have been instrumental in bringing this new help for victims and witnesses to the people of Kirklees."

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