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Victim Services consultation

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley is responsible for funding some victim services in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Milton Keynes.

Services will be recommissioned this year, which means we want to know what is, and is not working currently so we can ensure victims of crime get the best possible support.

Following on from our survey to victims in 2022 we are working with Lisa Ward (www.iamlisaward.com) to run a series of consultation events to capture your views on what is needed.

What does it involve?

We are looking for people to give feedback in a range of ways. You can either:

1) Take part in a focus group (we will be running four of these, three in person and one online) This will include one event specifically for survivors of sexual violence.

2) By taking part in a one-to-one interview with Lisa

To express interest in taking part please complete our Expression of Interest form

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Focus groups

  • Monday 6th February – group session online (evening) 
  • Wednesday 8th February – group session in person (High Wycombe)
  • Thursday 9th February – group session online (afternoon), sexual violence experiences only
  • Friday 10th February – group session in person (Reading)
  • Wednesday 15th February – group session in person (Oxford)

One to one interview also available for those unable to attend.

Who can take part?

We would like to hear from anyone aged 18+ who has experienced any type of crime in the Thames Valley region, whether or not you have used support services.

We are particularly keen to hear from those voices which are sometimes missed, including people of colour, disabled people, members of the LGBTQ+ community, older victims of crime, and male survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Will I be compensated for taking part?

All travel expenses to the event will be covered, and we will also be offering a £50 voucher for attendance. In person events will also include lunch.

Who is leading the work?

This work is being carried out by a consultant (Lisa Ward). If you have any questions about the consultation you can contact Lisa directly by emailing lisa@iamlisaward.com

How will my data be used and stored?

Any information you provide will be used in a report to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner to help inform the commissioning and delivery of support services only. All data will be held on secure computer systems, and we will only request information that might identify you for the purpose of paying expenses/inviting you to events. All findings will be produced in a way which protect participants’ anonymity.

Who should I contact if I need support?

The Victims First website (www.victims-first.org.uk) lists a range of services where you can access support.