Victim Care Merseyside

More than 19,000 victims of crime supported as Victim Care Merseyside marks third anniversary

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is today marking the third anniversary of Victim Care Merseyside by holding a special event at which she will recognise the service’s achievements and explain how £3m of support for victims of crime will be delivered over the next three years.

Victim Care Merseyside

More than 19,000 vulnerable victims of crime have been given specialist, tailored support and advice from the services commissioned through Victim Care Merseyside since it was launched by Jane Kennedy in June 2015.

Additionally, more than 15,000 young people have taken part in group sessions to increase their awareness of exploitation and how to protect themselves, while 4,300 professionals have been trained to increase their understanding of crimes involving in children and what action to take if they fear a child is at risk.

 These achievements will be recognised and celebrated at an event at the Holiday Inn on Lime Street today (Wednesday 20th June), at which the PCC will also formally re-launch Victim Care Merseyside and unveil the services which will be running for the next three years. This includes a brand new support service for victims and survivors of harmful practices, including FGM, so-called ‘honour-based’ violence and forced marriage delivered by Savera UK. There will also be new support for families who have lost a loved one through homicide or crime-related road traffic collisions at ‘The Hub’ provided by Families Fighting for Justice.

Over the next three years, Victim Care Merseyside will also provide more tailored support for victims of hate crime, with care down by ‘strand’, to ensure victims of racial hate crime, sexuality and gender identity-based hate crime and people subjected to hate because of a disability all receive specialist support according to their need.

Victim Care Merseyside will also continue to provide a host of pan-Merseyside specialist services designed to support the most vulnerable victims of crime, including child victims of exploitation – both sexual and criminal, victims of rape and sexual assault, and domestic abuse.

Jane said: “I’m pleased that over the last three years, Victim Care Merseyside has provided more than 19,000 victims of crime with the specialist support they need to help them to become survivors. When somebody is subjected to a traumatic experience, it is only right they get the best possible care and support to help them on the road to recovery.

“These are still early days in the commissioning of local support services for victims, so it is right that I keep this under review to make sure we are delivering what is needed. Crime too is constantly evolving, so I want to make sure we are meeting the needs of victims today, and in the future. That’s why, last year I took the decision to fully review the Victim Care Merseyside service to make sure it still fits the bill and whether any improvements could be made.

“As we mark the third anniversary, I’m delighted to not only celebrate Victim Care Merseyside’s achievements so far, but also relaunch the refreshed service which will continue to deliver many vital services, but also offer new and enhanced support for some of the most vulnerable people.

“I was particularly proud that we were one of the first areas in the country to offer specialist support for victims of child criminal exploitation and we are expanding on this by offering a dedicated service for those who have been subjected to harmful practices, and enhanced support for families who have experienced the most horrific of crimes, murder and manslaughter.”

 Victim Care Merseyside was created to enhance the quality, availability and accessibility of support for victims of crime after the Ministry of Justice handed down the responsibility for commissioning support services to PCCs across England and Wales. It is designed to give victims the best possible help to cope and recover from the after effects of crime, ensuring victims get enhanced support from the first moment they report a crime to Merseyside Police right through to the emotional and psychological counselling they may need to help rebuild their lives.

 In 2017, the Commissioner took the decision to carry out a Victim Needs Assessment to review the existing Victim Care Merseyside service and see if further improvements could be made. At the centre of this process were the views of victims and survivors, with surveys and focus groups being held to gather their opinions.  The views of service providers were also gathered through a series of workshops, including a session on ‘hidden crimes’ to explore what crimes may still be taking place undetected and out of sight. This assessment has informed the services which will make up Victim Care Merseyside over the next three years.

Anyone who has been affected by crime can visit independent website www.VictimCareMerseyside.org for advice, information or to find the best-placed organisations to help them, without speaking to the police.

 

Latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter – May 2018

We are pleased to share with you the latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter.

It’s packed full of information, including positive outcomes in CPS areas, upcoming Hate Crime conferences and events and much, much more.

CPS Hate Crime Newsletter – issue 17 – May 2018 FINAL

If you have any comments or questions about the newsletter, you can email the CPS Team here or contact Stop Hate UK here.

The next issue will be released in July, so look out for the latest update on our website.

Acid Attacks – Would you know what to do?

It’s an alarming fact that ‘acid attacks’ appear to be on the rise in the UK, and some of them appear to be linked to incidents of Hate Crime.

However, it’s important to note that some of the more recent attacks seem, on the face of it, to be acts of robbery as opposed to be incidents of Hate Crime but, nevertheless, we think it’s important to understand what to do in the event of such an attack.

The advice below, from ‘Stop Acid Attacks’, is how to treat an acid burn in the immediate aftermath once you have dialled 999…

  1. The most important step is to immediately wash the affected body part with plenty of fresh or saline water
  2. Dirty water can cause severe infection, so only rinse the burn with clean water
  3. Keep flushing the burn with cool, but not very cold water until the burning sensation starts fading. This could take up to 45 minutes
  4. Remove any jewellery or clothing which has had contact with the acid
  5. Do not apply any cream or ointment as it may slow the treatment procedure by doctors
  6. If possible, wrap the affected area in a sterilised gauze to protect the skin from air, debris, dirt and contamination
  7. Get to A&E as quickly as possible

It’s also important to note that if you’re helping somebody else, it’s vital that you keep yourself protected at the same time.

Remember, these types of attacks are, thankfully, very rare indeed, but it is vital that we know what the immediate steps are to try to minimise the effects where possible.

Interestingly, as I write this, I am distracted by the news that the government are reviewing the sentences and punishments handed down to perpetrators of acid attacks and that this will be debated the issue in the House of Commons this coming week.

So, let’s hope any changes to the law reflect the severity, anguish and life changing effects felt by all those affected  by acid attacks.

If you would like to find out more about Stop Hate UK’s work, just email us by clicking here or visit our website here.

Merseyside ‘Police with Pride’ Car Launch

We are delighted to be attending today’s launch of the Merseyside Police ‘Police with Pride’ car on behalf of Assistant Chief Constable Julie Cooke.

Our Chief Executive, Rose Simkins, is attending the launch on behalf of Stop Hate UK and welcomes the addition of the ‘Police with Pride’ car as great tool in Merseyside Police’s Hate Crime initiative.

The car is just one of the many ways in which Merseyside Police intend to show their visible support for victims of hate crime right across Merseyside, in the hope that this it will encourage more victims of hate crime to come forward and report incidents to the Police and also further increase engagement with the public.

The car will be an operational police vehicle utilised by Merseyside Response Officers and will be deployed across the Merseyside region. Whilst the vehicle retains an operational police appearance, it’s livery includes a variant of the LGB&T rainbow flag colours on the side of the car, alongside the Crimestoppers logo and the Stop Hate UK website address.

The car looks resplendent as you can see below:

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Hate UK are very proud to be involved in this project and we very proud to be present at today’s official launch at Merseyside Police’s headquarters.

Find out more about Merseyside Police here and more about Stop Hate UK here and search for #policewithpride on Twitter.

International Women’s Day – Rose Simkins

On International Women’s Day, we thought we’d take a look at our very own Chief Executive’s career, as she also celebrates over 10 years service with Stop Hate UK.

It was clear from an early age that Rose’s career path would take her down the charity route, as she completed her first fund raising event at the tender age of just 11!

However, these were different times and it was not the ‘norm’ for a young woman to pursue a university education, with a clear passion to make a difference to those in need – thankfully times have changed – and Rose was not to be deterred from her aspirations.

During her years with Stop Hate UK, Rose has been at the helm as the charity has gone through many changes, leading Stop Hate UK to be the now nationally recognised voice on all forms of Hate Crime.

Rose is passionate about what she does and what she stands for, making her a very valuable asset to the work of Stop Hate UK.

So we’d like to highlight Rose’s achievements on International Women’s Day, as Stop Hate UK continues to provide help, support, assistance and guidance to all those directly or indirectly affected by incidences of Hate Crime.

You can find out more about Rose by clicking on the links below:

https://www.stophateuk.org/rose-simkins-chief-executive-of-stop-hate-uk-biography/

https://www.stophateuk.org/training-chief-executive/

Well done Rose – a true inspiration on International Women’s Day!

Stop Hate UK T-shirts available now!

Stop Hate UK T-Shirts - Now in stockDue to popular demand, Stop Hate UK T-shirts are back!

That’s right, our fab new white cotton t-shirts have just arrived, featuring our colour logo and ‘Stop Hate. Start Here.’ branding, together with the hashtag ‘#NoPlaceForHate’, they’re a great way to show your support for our work and spread the word!

Available (initially) in sizes Large and XL, for £10.95 including postage and packing, they make a great gift for a loved one, friend or relative, just in time for Christmas, or just as a treat for yourself.

You’ll soon be able to buy them directly from our website, along with some other great Stop Hate merchandise, but you can pre-order yours now by emailing info@stophateuk.org with your details and order.

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

Politicians: Polarising Language could lead to Legitimised Hate

We thought we’d share this BBC article that has urged politicians to avoid using polarising language, when campaigning on political issues, as it could lead to “legitimised hate”.

Stop Hate UK are in agreement with the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s concerns that the language used, particularly in the run up to the EU Referendum vote, definitely fuelled the divisive tensions in our society.

The article (and commission) cited the terrible events that led to the killing of both Arkadiusz Jozwick and those leading to the death of MP Jo Cox, as examples of such tensions reaching a tragic peak.

The commission, which is an independent statutory body actually picks out the ‘Brexit’ vote as the defining moment, saying that while the economic implications of the vote were of great importance to the people and the country as a whole, it also noted that there should be “discussion on what values we hold as a country” and criticises the government’s aborted plan for companies to set out the proportion of foreign people they intend to employ.

Like Stop Hate UK, the commission welcomed the government’s Action on Hate Crime.

It’s been 5 months now since ‘Brexit’ and much has been said; and there’s doubtless much still to be said, but if the people who are tasked with, or involved in the running of the country are seen to be using ‘inflammatory’ language in campaigning, debate or in rhetoric, then what message does it send to the public?

There is no coincidence between the use of much more direct language, like those seen during the EU Referendum (from both sides) and the apparent legitimisation of what is effectively ‘Hate Speech’.

Stop Hate UK welcomes the intimation in this article and hopes that politicians and the like, take heed of its concerns.

Stop Hate UK Shortlisted for Helpline Award!

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve just found out we’ve been nominated for a Helpline Partnership Helpline Award 2016.

It’s always fantastic news to be shortlisted for an award, and particularly pleasing when it’s recognition from within the industry.

The awards take place on Friday November 4th at the De Vere West One Hotel, in London, as part of the Helplines Partnership Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony and feature two amazing keynote speakers, in Simon Weston CBE and Carol Smith from The Royal British Legion – so we really are in good company.

The judging panel is made up of Detective Inspector Benjamin Loose (Kent Police), Jo Clark (Paramedic), Paul Joseph (Missing People) and Faye McGuinness (Mind).

Obviously we are thrilled to be shortlisted and we’ll have our fingers firmly crossed until the 4th November and thanks to everyone who nominated Stop Hate UK for this award – we really do appreciate your support!

Helpline Awards Panel

National Hate Crime Awareness Week Poster

We are pleased to attach the official National Hate Crime Awareness Week poster, giving more details of the launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral, on Saturday 8th October 2016. Please feel free to download and display this poster around your organisation and social media.

It would be amazing to see as many people as possible getting involved in the week’s events and, perhaps, even organising their very own events themselves!

You can download a copy of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week Poster here.

Stop Hate UK is proud to be an official partner in National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Look out for #NHCAW on our Twitter and Facebook pages and right across social media.