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From: Elinor Evans <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 at 16:57
Subject: Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner article on website for victims
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Hi there –

I’m getting in touch from the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner’s office with a press release which may be of interest.  As Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is responsible for commissioning victims’ services in the county, her team helped to build a website which offers a directory of all the support services available, whether people have reported to the police or not. The Safe: Space site also offers information about different types of crime as well as details of what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system to help guide people too.

Please find below the full release – if you are able to publish it and help us to inform Sussex residents about this useful site, it would be really appreciated. Images are also attached.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any more information.

Many thanks,

Ellie

 
 

Website offers Safe Space for victims of crime in Sussex

 

If you’ve been a victim or witness of crime, an online directory of local specialist support services offers a one-stop shop to help you find all the information you need at your fingertips.

 

The safespacesussex.org.uk site, developed by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex, can also help to demystify the process for people when they may be at their most vulnerable, offering information about different types of crime as well as details of what happens at each stage of the criminal justice system.

 

The site was built in close consultation with local services to meet victims' needs, whatever stage they have reached in their recovery. Whether you’ve reported it to the police or not, Safe:Space Sussex can provide a secure environment where people who may be feeling unsafe can find out what local help and support is available to them.

 

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne, who is responsible for commissioning services for victims of crime in the county, says: “Since it was launched almost 18 months ago, this website has become a trusted, go-to place for anyone who needs advice.

 

“You can either type your postcode into the site’s search facility to find out more about support available locally or you can select a specific crime type – such as hate crime, stalking or anti-social behaviour – and visit a page featuring frequently asked questions as well as live links and contact details for support groups.

 

“It really doesn’t matter whether you have reported a crime to the police or if an offence has happened in the past, you can still find help and support at the click of a button.”

 

For more information, please visit www.safespacesussex.org.uk

 

ENDS

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Ellie Evans

Campaigns and Communications Manager

Office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Sackville House

Brooks Close

Lewes

T: 01273 335263

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