Derbyshire's crime victim support services are still operating amid coronavirus pandemic

Victims of crime in Derbyshire have been reassured by the county’s police commissioner that vital support services are still available during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Gay Bolton
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 12:38 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2020, 11:16 am
Domestic violence illustration. Stock photo.

All victims' services are currently working to offer a safe and effective source of help for those who need it including those offering specialist advice and support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and their families.

Due to stringent new public health regulations, all direct contact and face-to-face support in people's homes and community settings have been suspended, alongside most drop-in centres, however advice lines and websites are continuing to operate as they do usually.

Derbyshire Victims Services and other specialist support providers are delivering their usual phone-based counselling services and face-to-face appointments are being arranged via Skype and video-links.

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Hardyal Dhindsa, who is the police and crime commissioner for Derbyshire, said: "We are doing everything possible to provide critical support and advice to those who need it most throughout this health crisis. With the situation changing quickly, services may need to change, however every attempt will be made to redirect support from another agency and importantly we are still accepting new referrals.

"COVID-19 is impacting all our communities but I understand the additional anxiety and fear this brings to victims of crime, particularly those affected by domestic violence. I would like to take this opportunity to reassure you and your family that we are still here and ready to support you and that our services are still open.

"In an emergency, where you or a family member is in immediate danger, you should always contact the police dialling 999."

Help is available through these channels: General Victim and Youth Services – tel. 0800 612 6505, Restorative Justice Services – tel. 0300 122 7553, Child Sexual Exploitation Services – email: [email protected] catch-22.org.uk or tel. 07834341566, Domestic Abuse Services – tel. 0800 198 668, Rape and Sexual Violence Services – tel. 01773 746 115. The CORE website (www.core-derbyshire.co.uk) connects vulnerable people to organisations.

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