Support network for victims of domestic abuse, stalking and hate crime launched

Victims First website is launched to provide support and advice for victims of crime

Help is available for victims of crime


Victims of domestic abuse, stalking, hate crime and modern slavery can find help and support on a new website.

Victims First recognises not just the victims of violent crime, burglary and robbery but “hidden crimes” such as coercive control and female genital mutilation.

The website was launched by Anthony Stansfeld , the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley.

He described the site as a “key milestone” in his commitment to ensure victims of all crime have access to support to cope and ultimately recover.

The website is part of the Victims First strategy in the Thames Valley to improve support, increase accessibility and improve services for victims.

It includes information on what happens when you report a crime and what you can expect from the police and criminal justice system.

It also directs victims to support agencies if they decide not to report the crime to police.

Victims of hate crimes who do not want to contact the police can fill in a form online.

Mr Stansfeld said: “I recently launched my new Police and Crime Plan which reaffirmed my commitment to making sure that victims have access to the support they need to cope and recover from the impact of crime.

“The launch of Victims First and the website is a key milestone in my work in this area and will allow victims to easily find information and support in one place.