PCC launches initiative to promote victims’ rights
Kent’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott is launching the Victim Voice scheme today, to highlight the help and support available for victims of crime in Kent and Medway.
Victim Voice informs people about the Victims’ Code, the rights victims have in the criminal justice system and how they can access independent advice and support.
It also explains how to contact the police and some of the specialist support services available to victims of crime in the county.
It comes in a handy pamphlet form, complete with useful contact numbers; or you can read it on our website.
Providing accessible information for victims of crime was one of the recommendations of our recent Violence Against Women and Girls report.
Matthew Scott says,
"I have decided to create this Victim Voice Initiative to collate the information in one place, and to raise awareness about victims' rights.
Victims have repeatedly told me they feel their voice is not heard and that they feel reporting a crime does not lead to appropriate action by the criminal justice system.
Victim satisfaction levels in my 2022 Annual Policing Survey showed almost half of those who experienced a crime and reported it to police, were dissatisfied with the service they received. My Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) survey evidenced only 37% of VAWG victims had reported the crime they experienced.
I want people to feel confident that when they report crime, they get the information and support they deserve, and are legally entitled to. And to make people aware they can access help, even if they haven’t reported the incident.”