A new hub is opening its doors in Liverpool to provide greater support to the families of those who have lost loved ones through homicide.
‘The Hub’ on Anson Street will officially be opened tomorrow (Saturday, July 30th) by Liverpool charity Families Fighting for Justice after they were commissioned by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, to provide enhanced support and guidance on a wide range of issues that affect those who have suffered a tragic loss.
The first of its kind in the country, ‘The Hub’ will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Roz Gladden, at a special event attended by supporters of the charity and those who have been helped by their services.
‘The Hub’ will act as a gateway for any individual or family who has lost someone through murder and manslaughter, as well as road collisions where someone was to blame, to access information and support on a whole range of services including trauma counselling, guidance on the court process and judicial system, support with financial or domestic problems and drug and alcohol addiction.
It will also provide increased support for children or young people who have lost someone and may be forgotten at a time when adults are struggling to cope.
Founder and Chair of Families Fighting for Justice, Jean Taylor, said, “The Hub will enable anyone who, like myself, has lost a loved one to murder to find in one place information or support on a wide range of issues they may have difficulty dealing with in addition to coping with their tragic and traumatic loss.
“This will be the first such gateway in the country and I’m pleased that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has not only recognised the needs of homicide victims families, but acted as well.’’
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said “The anguish and trauma caused to families who lose a loved one through murder and manslaughter stands alone. It cannot be compared to any other crime and for many bereaved families the immediate aftermath of a death is only the beginning of a long and dark road.
“While we can never truly make things right for those bereaved and vulnerable families, it is vital that they receive the highest standard of care and support to help them cope and move forward with their lives as much as is possible.
“This new hub provided by Families Fighting For Justice will act as a one-stop shop to ensure bereaved individuals and families get access to all the information, guidance and support they need by people who truly understand their pain and the grieving process and know how to help them rebuild their lives.”
For more information about The Hub, please visit www.familiesfightingforjustice.org
Image: the Commissioner with Jean Taylor