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
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
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.