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Victims will get support says Warwickshire police chief

Stratford Editorial 19th Jan, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

VICTIMS of crime in Warwickshire will get the support they need.

Ron Ball, Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, pledged his commitment to support victims of crime in the county following a recent report.

Mr Ball spoke about how Warwickshire placed victims of crime firmly at the heart of criminal justice system but said there was still scope for improvement.

In the year up to last March there were over 28,500 reported victims of crime in Warwickshire – with violent crime accounting for nearly a fifth of all cases. It was followed by vehicle crime which was responsible for14 per cent of victims, and alcohol or drug-related offences which made up ten per cent.

Concern was raised about victims not reporting crimes to the police, which only placed them at risk of repeat victimisation.

The report did however highlight all victims of reported domestic violence in Warwickshire did receive support – not just high risk victims.

Mr Ball said: “Ensuring that victims of crime in Warwickshire are kept at the very heart of the criminal justice system and have the support they need is of paramount importance to me.

“Achieving better services for the public is a vital part of my role, and this report will play an important part in my strategy going forward.”

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