Victim Services and the Case for Professionalisation

When we consider  a “profession” we often think of paid experts: lawyers; engineers; nurses and doctors; teachers; musicians; electricians and many many more. So, if we think about the word “professionalisation” we could be forgiven for thinking that this implies we are thinking about the use and development of “paid professionals”. But, as Gershwin so…

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Having started to listen to Dylan again I wondered, as many have, whether Bob Dylan meant that the truth is so obvious (blowin in the wind) or one of life’s incomprehensible intangibles when he wrote the song in 1962. This  has never been properly answered – the great wordsmith has remained consistently vague on its…

The Virtual Court: Transformation or Bust……

By Andrew Morley, Non-Executive Director. This article first appeared in Policing Insight and argues that the introduction of Video Links between Police Stations and Courts provides the opportunity for modernisation of our criminal justice system, and that this needs to be an integral part of any future roll out. As someone who was part of the team…

Victims Choice

EU Victims Day 2017

22 February marks EU Victims Day and awareness is being raised all around Europe, specifically by members of Victim Support Europe. Supporting Justice are getting involved through the following:   Victims Choice Website Announcement Supporting Justice is proud to announce the development of Victims Choice, a new website designed to provide information to all victims…

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An unspoken truth

When we think about victims of domestic abuse we may be tempted to think of only of women victims and survivors; and statistics do show that the majority of victims are women. No one would wish to dispute this.  Women are, as all evidence shows, more likely to be victims of domestic violence, yet we…

Vulnerable victims: we still haven’t got it right.

A response to HMIC report – PEEL: Police effectiveness 2015 (vulnerability). A national overview By David Kenyon   Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has just published one of its PEEL reports on police effectiveness. The report focuses on police performance in relation to identification and assessment of vulnerable victims and the support they get. It…

Europeans Unite for Victims’ Rights

Just a month ago, on November 9th, on a blustery but bright afternoon, representatives from across our continent came together in Brussels for a conference organised by Victim Support Europe. The conference programme was focused on the imminent implementation of the European Union Directive on establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of…