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Victim Support launches new online support resource for victims of crime in Lincolnshire

  • Last Updated: 01-04-2020 at 15:04

Victims of crime in Lincolnshire can access self-help resources whilst self-isolating, thanks to a new online support package.

Victim Support, commissioned by the PCC to provide outreach support, have launched ‘My Support Space’ – a free, safe, secure and confidential space where they can choose how they want to be supported after 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.  It can be accessed on a computer, tablet or phone.

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.

Diana Fawcett, Chief Executive at Victim Support said:

“Victim Support is 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.”

Marc Jones, Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire said:

“It is important that anybody affected by crime gets the support they need to cope, recover and thrive – regardless of whether they have reported the crime to the police or not.

“In these times of self-isolation and social distancing, it is great to see Victim Support embracing modern technology to offer support to victims though online resources.”

If you would like to seek support using My Support Space, contact Victim Lincs on 01522 947510 (Mon–Fri 8am–4pm). Victim Lincs is a service put in place by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire. They offer practical information and advice, and can make referrals onto specialist coping and recovery services, including Victim Support.