Initiative to give victims of crime more support
A NEW initiative to support victims of crime in Dorset will be launched in November.
The launch follows a Government move to give victims a stronger voice in court by way of a new Victim's Code, which has been welcomed by Dorset's Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.
The code will ensure that people are entitled for the first time to read a personal statement in court.
Mr Underhill said: "I welcome this move. It is important that victims of crime receive a bespoke service, tailored to their individual needs.
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"That is why I am launching the Dorset Victims' Bureau on November 19. Victims are the heart of my work and I will always put them first. The bureau is one of only two in England and Wales.
He added: "It will mean that victims will be updated and supported through every stage of the criminal justice system.
"I have also introduced victim forums in Dorset, so that we can learn from people's experiences."
Mr Underhill is also working on a new website for Dorset victims of crime which will help people find support from relevant partners and agencies.