New online support resource for Lancashire victims of crime
A new online support resource, My Support Space, has launched today for victims of crime in Lancashire. My Support Space is designed to help victims of crime manage the impact that crime has had on them.
Developed by Victim Support and delivered locally by Lancashire Victim Services, it is a free, safe, secure and conﬁdential space where people can choose how they want to be supported following a crime.
The launch of My Support Space is particularly timely, as it gives victims of crime who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak additional ways in which to access support, including from their own home.
Victims can access a range of tools to help them cope and move forward after crime. They can work through a series of interactive guides which address their speciﬁc needs. The guides feature videos, techniques, activities and tips, and can be completed at their own pace.
Claire Powell, Contract Manager at Lancashire Victim Services, said:
“We are committed to ensuring that victims of crime receive effective support in a way that works for them. We are delighted to launch My Support Space as it offers another way in which victims of crime can seek support, even when self-isolating.
“Guides on My Support Space include topics such as difficult emotions, coping strategies, trauma and sleep. These are all common issues that people may experience after crime, but are even more important during the coronavirus pandemic, as victims find the justice process essentially paused.”
Clive Grunshaw, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, added: “I am pleased to see new ways of support becoming available at a time when victims may need it most. These new resources are available now so please contact Lancashire Victim Services to access them if you are struggling following a crime.
“Lancashire Victim Services’ support line also remains open. If you would like to speak to someone for emotional support, advice or practical help please contact the service.”
Victims of crime can contact Lancashire Victim Services on 0300 323 0085, use the live chat at lancashirevictimservices.org or email email@example.com.