New ideas from the PCC's victims summit

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner says he has been given lots of new ideas about how to help victims of crime after he met with more than 160 victims, experts, health professionals and social workers earlier this week.  

David Jamieson hosted a victims summit in Birmingham on Tuesday where he delivered a speech and met with voluntary sector organisations discussing what more he could do to support projects which help those who have been affected by crime.

The Police and Crime commissioner has a budget of more than three million pounds to spend helping victims cope and recover from their experiences.

Speaking after the event, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, said: "It was fascinating to meet with so many people who help care for those affected by crime.

"When an offence is committed against you it is very distressing and can have long term consequences.

"It is a top priority of mine that we look after innocent people who, through no fault of their own, find themselves targeted by criminals."

One of the guest speakers was the country's Victims Commissioner, Baroness Newlove. She has championed victim's rights ever since her husband was murdered by three youths in 2007. During the event she spoke passionately about her commitment for a Victims Law to enshrine victims' rights.

In April 2015, Police and Crime Commissioners took responsibility for victims' services, ensuring support is provided to victims and specialist provisions are available.  PCC David Jamieson established the country's first Victims' Commission to advise him on how to best distribute funding for services.