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The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is hosting his annual victims summit on Thursday (27th February 2020) bringing together victims, health professionals, practitioners supporting survivors and key decision makers to address the problems of abuse and give more help to victims of crime.This year, the summit will focus on victims of online abuse and what more can be done to support them.

The national Victims Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, will be addressing the conference and taking questions from.

The Police and Crime Commissioner supports victims with over £3 million to help victims recover from their experiences.

This funding pays for support services for victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, volume crime, child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour based violence, hate crime, fatal road traffic collisions and modern slavery and much more.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson said: “Supporting victims of crime has always been one of my top priorities, rooted at the heart of everything we do.

“I was the first PCC to setup a Victims Commission to advise me and ensure that the right kind of support is going to those who are victims of crime.

“As we move into the next decade we must keep a pace of the new and emerging types of crimes and victimisations which are affecting our city and out country.  Recent research and crime data demonstrates that there has been a significant rise in the rate of crimes that utilise information technology systems over the last two decades. 

“Many forms of victimisation, including bullying and property crime, are increasingly moving online and rapidly changing. 

“Victimisation and victimhood is moving into a digital era and if we are to truly meet the needs of these victims we must move with it.

The Victims Summit will take place at Villa Park on Thursday 27th February 2020.

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