Victims of crime urged to make their voices heard

Merseyside / February 27

Merseyside's Police Commissioner is joining with the Victims’ Commissioner in asking local people who have been the victim of crime to make their voices heard.

A national review has been commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) seeking victims’ views about victim engagement in parole processes and the Victim Contact Scheme.

It will look at:

  • How victims are engaged and involved in the parole process
  • Whether the arrangements for keeping victims informed at all key stages of the parole process are working
  • The opennness of the parole process and parole decisions
  • Whether there should be the opportunity for Parole Board decisions to be reconsidered

The Victims’ Commissioner, Baroness Helen Newlove, has been asked to undertake national engagement with victims. She wants to hear from all victims, but especially those who have been invited to join the Victim Contact Scheme, including those who have declined to join the scheme. It would be really helpful if you can feed in your views so that we can make sure any changes are informed by them.

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said:  “Nobody chooses to be a victim of crime, and when someone does suffer at the hands of others it is only right that they get the support to help them cope and recover.

“I am determined to provide the right support services for the most vulnerable victims through the Victim Care Merseyside service. A huge amount of time and energy has been invested into identifying where more support is needed and ensuring the services I am providing help the people who need it most.

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime to take part in this important survey and have their voices heard."

Victims of crime can have their say by completing an online survey by Wednesday 14th March that can be found at: