Victims First is the overarching name for all the PCC’s work in providing support for victims of crime.
Information about Victims First can be found on its dedicated website www.victims-first.org.uk which was launched in April 2017. As a resource for victims of crime, it contains information and advice on what to do and how to get help following a crime.
The PCC has already done extensive work in improving support for victims of crime, including the setting up of new services for young victims, victims of sexual violence, a victim-led restorative justice service and a local support service to assist other victims. Victims First encompasses all of this work.
The website includes information on all PCC commissioned support services as well as a service directory for victims to find other organisations in their area to help them cope and recover from the impact of crime. It enables victims or third parties to refer directly to the PCC services regardless of whether they have reported the crime to the police and also has a Victims Code section which should victims decide to report the crime, explains their rights and entitlements from organisations such as the Police and Crown Prosecution Service.