South Yorkshire Police and Crime commissioner Shaun Wright is calling on the public to be the driving force behind the forces’ latest plans.
The Victims’ Code of Practice came into effect in December, which aimed to improve the services offered to those who become victims of crime.
Commissioner Wright is asking victims to tell him about their experiences, so that he can ensure funding is directed in the most effective and useful way.
He said: “It is really important for me to fully understand the experiences of victims before I begin commissioning work to help them.
“I would urge anyone that has been a victim of crime to take part in this consultation. I want to know about their experiences, so that I can ensure victims receive the best service, tailored to their individual needs, to help them recover from the experience and move on with their lives.”
The Commissioner’s aim is to simplify and improve the experience of victims by taking their views into account and ensuring they have access to appropriate support.
He said It was important that as many experiences of the police, criminal justice service and support services are taken into consideration to direct future support for victims. In particular the Commissioner would like to know what support was needed at each stage of the process and whether or not it was provided.
There are two surveys available on the Police and Crime Commissioners website http://www.southyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/Get-Involved/Have-Your-Say.aspx The Commissioner would like as many people as possible to complete them, either as a victim of crime, or member of the public, so he can commission work according to the findings.