An update from our Police and Crime Commissioner ...
Last week I was honoured to be awarded an OBE for public and political services in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. This award is a tremendous endorsement of the role of Police and Crime Commissioners and testament to the hard work of the team in my office who support me. I would like to thank them and also every single police officer, PCSO and police staff member in Sussex for working so tirelessly to keep us all safe.
I am particularly pleased to announce this week that I have awarded local charity, The Survivors’ Network, £69,000 to enable them to expand and take referrals from across the whole of Sussex. This money will be used for a new Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisor who will offer information and support to children aged 13 and under who have experienced rape and sexual assault.
Jay Breslaw, Director of Survivors’ Network (pictured above) said: “Sexual crimes can be devastating for a family, and having someone to provide support and advocacy, liaise with agencies and ensure that the voice of the child is amplified is so crucial and necessary. Our families tell us that the support they receive is invaluable and that they don't know how they'd have coped without it.”
For more information please contact the CISVA team on: 01273 203 380 or complete the online referral form here.
June marks Post Traumatic Stress Awareness Month, recognising the millions of people around the world who are still reliving the most distressing events of their lives. In the Journal of Experimental Criminology it was recorded that victims who go through the Restorative Justice (RJ) process are 49% less likely to suffer from post traumatic stress.
RJ is a powerful and effective voluntary process which gives the victim the chance to explain to the offender the impact that their crime has had on them. Click here for a short emotive video (voiced by actors) about how the RJ process has helped victims across Sussex.
I'm immensely proud of the work of our award-winning RJ Partnership which has helped hundreds of victims in Sussex to restore their faith, not just in the justice system, but in society as a whole. If you have been a victim of crime in Sussex and would like to enquire about the RJ process, you can find the contact details of your local RJ Hub here.
If you represent a community group or project aiming to reduce crime and improve community safety then I want to give you a final reminder that my Community Safety Fund is open for grants of up to £5,000. Find out more and apply here. Deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday.
Katy Bourne OBE, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner