December 7 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner has vowed to do everything he can to make things better for victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the county.
More than 80 specialists came together for the conference hosted by Norfolk’s PCC Stephen Bett in order to examine how, by working together, they can help victims stay in control while accessing the help and protection they need.
The conference, which took place on Monday, marks the start of a programme of work led by the PCC and acknowledged that statutory and voluntary partners have to make things better for the victims. Mr Bett said: “The work undertaken on Monday has really helped to identify where we need to focus our efforts if we are going to make a real difference to the experiences of victims.
“We know that many, many incidents go unreported, and we have to tackle this. We have to give victims the confidence to come forward early and seek help. And, when they do, Norfolk has to make sure the services and skills are there to give the correct support.
“Going to court can be a harrowing experience for victims, and we have to work together to ensure they are supported on that journey in the best ways possible.”
In July Ian Sturgess was appointed as domestic abuse and sexual violence co-ordinator for the county.