Police boss grants funds to victims of crime

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore with Lee Johnson from Suffolk Mind
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore with Lee Johnson from Suffolk Mind

A donation of £15,420 to Suffolk Mind will enable it to offer more support to victims of crime who have mental health problems.

Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner, has provided the Safer Suffolk funding to enable the charity to provide courses and counselling for victims of crime.

Mr Passmore said: “As PCC my ambition is to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest. Victims of crime should be central to all that we do. The treatment of victims is vital to building public trust and confidence in policing. I believe that victims of crime will be more confident in the police if they feel their case has been properly dealt with. However too often victims view the criminal justice system as disjointed and unresponsive. This is why I have made this a priority.

“The grant will widen our work with victims across the county and will give organisations working with victims the desperately needed funds to support their valuable work. This will see a real improvement in victim care and help to fill some of the gaps where provision is lacking.”

Lee Johnson, courses and counselling coordinator with Mind, said: “The funding will allow us to fill a much needed gap and further increase our work with vulnerable people.

“The courses and counselling we will be able to offer victims of crime will provide them with practical and emotional support to help them go forward.”

The money will go towards offering people a place on courses to help them cope with anger of anxiety caused by crime and also help provide follow up assessment and any counselling if needed.

Courses will provide coping strategies, new skills, relaxation exercises and provide somewhere where emotions can be expressed freely and safely.