I attended a very interesting and informative meeting organised by the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner last week. All those who attended were providing a service to victims of crime in the county – and what an amazing group of people were there – all providing such a fantastic service to help victims cope and recover from their traumatic and horrendous experiences.
We were given insight into the new sexual violence support service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; the new Elms SARC facility based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital that offers free support and practical help to anyone in Cambridgeshire who has experienced sexual abuse; and the Victim Support Homicide service.
We were given the opportunity to share what positive work we were all doing as well, from organisations such as the Road Victims trust and Cambridge Women’s Aid. Cambridge Women’s Aid is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year – I agree with what was said in that on one hand it is a celebration of a brilliant service in the city, but on the other hand it means that domestic abuse is still a major issue after all these years and there are still victims suffering this terrible crime.
We are blessed in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to have so many valuable organisations that can provide that vital support for victims and I was privileged to be with so many last week.