Nottinghamshire is a safe place to live, work and visit. Your chances of becoming a victim of crime or antisocial behaviour are low. But for those who are, the effects can be long and painful and often victims feel traumatised, vulnerable and afraid.
Currently we know that around 7,000 victims a year ask for help in recovering from crime. However, we know there are many more who are not accessing help by not reporting crime to the police. The number of victims who may need help has been estimated to approximately 29,000.
Commissioner Tipping is determined to improve the system to ensure that anyone who suffers through criminality is given access to the best help and advice possible to strengthen their chance of recovery – regardless of whether or not an offence is formally recorded. His newly commissioned service, Nottinghamshire Victim CARE, is designed to work with local communities to ensure that victims can receive help in the way that works best for them.
Delivered by Catch 22, this integrated, victim-centred support service, which began on 1 January 2017, will develop “community points” which will provide community based support to victims, which may include providing ongoing support as well as enabling victims to access the main Nottinghamshire Victim CARE specialist service. Community points will be developed during 2017.
Nottinghamshire Victim CARE was designed following feedback from victims who have not reported crime to the police. It is part of the Commissioner’s determination to put victims at the heart of his plans to provide them with the type of help they need, when they need it and his wish to see improved trust and confidence in the services available from diverse communities to encourage self-referrals from victims who typically do not report crimes to the police.
Nottinghamshire Victim CARE also provides Restorative Justice Support.
Victims do not need to report to the police to receive help from Nottinghamshire Victim CARE.
The Commissioner is firmly committed to:
- The provision of an integrated, victim-centred support service
- A service that will help all victims of crime to cope and recover
- Ensuring that those persistently targeted or vulnerable and intimidated victims receive the right level of support
- A service that accepts one size does not fit all
- Easy access to information and support
- A service shaped by credible research and feedback from service users
- Transparency of commissioning decisions and service outcomes.
If you are a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour call Nottinghamshire Victim CARE on 0800 304 7575. You do not need to report the crime to the police to get help.
The lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.
Your call will be charged at a local call rate or be free if 03 numbers are included in your landline or mobile package. The team will call you back if you’re worried about the cost of the call.
You can also contact the team via email: email@example.com
Outside of these hours call the 24 hour National Victims’ Information Line on 0808 168 9293 (free to call from landlines and mobiles).