Statement from West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, following Publication of the 2021 Victim’s Survey

The West Yorkshire Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Victim’s Commissioner says there is much more we can learn from the experiences of victims as Dame Vera Baird today (09/09) publishes the results of her 2021 Victims Survey. It features responses from almost 600 victims – with around half of the responses from victims who reported during the pandemic.

The Victim’s Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird has today (09/09) published the results of her 2021 Victims Survey. It features responses from almost 600 victims – with around half of the responses from victims who reported during the pandemic.

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In response, West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe said:

“Although this survey represents the picture nationally, there is much we can learn from the experiences of victims, and it is vital that their voices continue to be heard.

“Given my own national roles across race equality and diversity, I am particularly interested in the reference to the police treatment of ethnic minorities and what more can be done.

“I know a lot of work has already been undertaken in West Yorkshire with our Local Criminal Justice Board partners to improve the victim’s journey in the court process, including the ability to give evidence remotely and it is innovations such as this that have played a crucial part in the pandemic.

“Likewise, there has been real efforts locally to deliver the rights set out in the Revised Victim’s Code and I would like to see this taken further through the introduction of a Victims Law.

“Although we are making a number of positive strides, it is imperative that we translate the findings of the Victim’s Commissioner’s survey into our own future approach.

“This includes the delivery of the Mayor’s pledge around safety for women and girls, improving outcomes for both victims and survivors.

“We are already engaging with our communities and partner organisations in a call for evidence, having undertaken a roundtable event on the subject only this week.

“This all forms part of the wider consultation ongoing to help shape the Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire, setting out how victims and witnesses will be supported.

“Regardless of whether or not you report a crime to the police, there is independent assistance available in West Yorkshire, including Victim Support and Restorative Solutions.

“The role they play can make a significant difference and I would encourage people to take advantage of their services.”