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UK crime charity provides new resources to 'reach out' to minority ethnic victims and witnesses

New information from Victim Support for minority ethnic victims and witnesses will help them cope with the effects of crime and giving evidence in court, says the national charity.

For the first time, the organisation has produced a range of fact sheets - Burglary, Violence, Helping your child cope with the effects of crime, Going to court, Working for victims of crime, and Thank you for using our service - which have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujerati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese.

The information will be used by the charity's staff and volunteers across England and Wales to help support victims and witnesses and it can be viewed, downloaded and printed from Victim Support's website - www.victimsupport.org.

Victim Support's Head of Communications, Paul Fawcett, says: "This new information should help meet a vital need in reaching out to people of all ages, communities and cultures in the UK. We're very pleased that it's now widely available and it's essential that it's used not just by people directly affected by crime, but also community groups, health care professionals and social care providers."

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Scotland, Paddick and Tatchell debate key issues at crime charity's National Conference

Hundreds of staff from Victim Support will meet at the charity's National Conference next month (6 - 8 July) to hear debates on the rights of victims and witnesses, the needs of the UK's diverse population, and the media's reporting of crime.

The Minister for Criminal Justice and Law Reform, Baroness Scotland, and the Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, will talk on Helping victims and witnesses in a changing political environment, on Tuesday 6 July. The gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, will be among those discussing Meeting the needs of a diverse community on Wednesday 7 July; and the Director of the Press Complaints Commission, Tim Toulmin, and the BBC journalist, Clarence Mitchell, who reported on the Soham murders, will debate The media's role in reporting crime and the impact on victims and witnesses, on Thursday 8 July. They will be joined by Merlyn Nuttal, who will talk about her experiences as a victim of serious assault.

During the three-day event at the University of Warwick in Coventry, Victim Support's members and staff will attend and run workshops and seminars on topics including supporting young victims, dealing with major incidents, criminal injuries compensation, and working with the media.

The Chief Executive of Victim Support, Dame Helen Reeves DBE, says: "The National Conference is a major event in our calendar when we can consider key issues and stay ahead of the game, and it comes at a time when the organisation is facing important challenges."

Notes

  1. Members of the press are asked to contact the Communications Department (see below) for more information on attending plenary sessions.
  2. The full list of speakers at the conference is:
    • Helping victims and witnesses in a changing political environment - Minister for Criminal Justice and Law Reform, Baroness Scotland QC; Deputy Assistant Commissioner (territorial policing), Metropolitan Police, Brian Paddick.
    • Meeting the needs of a diverse community - Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell; Managing Consultant and Head of Inclusivity Consultancy, COI Communications, Sean Larkins; Kusminder Chahal, Senior Research Fellow, University of Central Lancashire.
    • The media's role in reporting crime and the impact on victims and witnesses - ITN News Editor, Tim Chilcott; Director, Press Complaints Commission, Tim Toulmin; BBC journalist, Clarence Mitchell; victim of crime, Merlyn Nuttal.

For more information about the conference or attending the sessions, please contact:
Andrew Buckingham, Media & PR Officer, telephone 020 7896 3750, mobile 07736 211148
Sarah Morris, Media & PR Manager, telephone 020 7896 3753, mobile 07721 359425
Paul Fawcett, Head of Communications, telephone 020 7896 3803, mobile 07764 161147.

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