Baroness backs Victims' Charter

By on 07/10/2013 in News, Video News

Birmingham’s Victims’ Charter has received backing from Baroness Helen Newlove, Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales.

She endorsed the charter by videolink during an event at the Council House today (October 7).

Baroness Newlove said: “I congratulate Birmingham on becoming one of the first cities to introduce a Victims’ Charter.

“The charter represents an excellent opportunity to ensure that the people of Birmingham are clear about the services they are entitled to receive and have access to information and advice about the criminal justice process and the kinds of support available

“It’s possible to meet the needs of victims when all of the criminal justice agencies work together. With Birmingham making this important commitment to do just that, it is my firm hope that a real difference can be made.”

During the same event, a video outlining the aims of the Vicitms’ Charter was also premiered:

Cllr Jess Phillips, Birmingham's Victims' Champion, said: “The interests of a victim of crime or anti-social behaviour must always be put forward whenever any incident is being investigated by public agencies.

“We should never lose sight of this and the Victims' Charter which we have created in Birmingham lays the foundations for anyone delivering support services to ensure this is the case.

“A lot of hard work has gone into developing the charter and I thank everyone involved for their efforts - now is the time to start delivering on our pledges.

“I am delighted our plans are receiving support at the highest level from Baroness Newlove, and hope that what we are doing in Birmingham starts to be replicated across not just the region but the country as a whole.”

ENDS

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