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Support services for victims of crime across Cambridgeshire still available during pandemic

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership is running with a few changes made to keep staff and volunteers safe and well. Credit: PA images

The acting Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire says support services for victims of crime are still available during the coronavirus lockdown.

Ray Bisby says vital support services, commissioned through his office, are still available with staff working remotely to ensure victims continue to receive the support they need.

Face-to-face support in people’s homes and community settings has been suspended in line with the current stringent public health regulations.

Advice lines and websites continue to operate as usual with Skype counselling also an option for some people.

“While the Coronavirus health emergency impacts on all of us, for anyone experiencing crime, this can be a particularly anxious time, especially for those experiencing domestic violence.

I want to remind anyone who finds themselves a victim of crime that we are doing everything we can to ensure critical support and advice continues to be provided to those who need it most throughout this health crisis.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime, you can receive free and confidential emotional and practical support from the police-led Victim and Witness Hub to help you cope and recover from your experience.”

– Ray Bisby, Acting Police & Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire

Services offered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Rape Crisis Partnership are running as normal with a few changes made to keep staff and volunteers safe and well.

“We want to reassure survivors of rape, child sexual abuse and all forms of sexual violence that we are still here, and you are not alone.”

– Norah Al-Ani, Director of Cambridge Rape Crisis
  • Email support service open as usual
  • Telephone Helpline service open as normal (please note the Cambridge Helpline is temporary suspended while a new system is installed so the service can be delivered remotely but this is expected to be done quickly)
  • Emotional support service running as normal with all support offered over the phone or online
  • Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy service (ISVA) working as normal with all support being offered over the phone or online
  • Counselling services are also working as normal with all support now being offered over the phone or online.

Anyone wishing to access victim support can call the Freephone advice number on 0800 781 6818