Research and Reports
The OPCC has carried out a range of research and commissioned reports to help inform is commissioning process and service development.
BAMER Project - Violence Against Women and Girls
The Police and Crime Commissioner published a report on its project to help make Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) services more inclusive to Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) communities.
Funded by the Home Office and delivered in partnership with service providers in the Thames Valley, the project was driven by the belief that early intervention and awareness-raising can help increase the number of individuals from BAMER communities identified as being affected by VAWG and to help address the barriers preventing access to support.
Two pieces of PCC commissioned research and two workshops with key stakeholders have been undertaken to help inform the proposed ‘Counselling Hub’ for victims of crime in Thames Valley. The commissioned research led to the following reports:-
Gell, F & Shackman, J (April 2015) Developing Capacity across the Thames Valley for Specialist Counselling for victims of crime who are refugees, asylum-seekers, vulnerable migrants, or from black and minority ethnic groups with little or no English, Produced on behalf of Refugee Resource.
It is widely acknowledged that the increased ability to identify victims of modern slavery has necessitated the careful consideration of the support and service needs of these victims. In response to this that the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) piloted the role of ‘Independent Trauma Advisors’ (ITAs) to work with this group of victims to facilitate their access to services with a view to both ensuring their safety and enhancing their long-term well-being.
The Thames Valley ITA pilot project was initially seed-funded by Thames Valley’s PCC. Based on encouraging findings and a positive response to the trial from partner agencies, the Thames Valley PCC placed a successful bid to the Police Innovation Fund which provided Home Office match funding for further development and evaluation of the model from early April 2015 to end March 2017. The evaluation was undertaken by Dr Nadia Wager and Angel Wager from the University of Bedfordshire (now at University of Huddersfield).