Plymouth’s local lead for championing victim’s rights has been invited to an event at the Houses of Parliament to celebrate 40 years of the charity Victim Support.
Selena Newbery, who is the Anti-Social Behaviour Victim’s Champion at Plymouth City Council, and is on secondment from Victim Support, has been selected to attend for her “outstanding contribution” to the work of the charity, particularly in recognition of her work around tackling anti-social behaviour in the city.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Victim Support, which started out as a local community project in Bristol and has since gone on to help more than 30 million victims of crime across England and Wales.
The event, which takes place on 10th July, aims to celebrate the progress made in victims and witnesses rights during the past 40 years. As well as staff and volunteers from Victim Support there will be representatives from police, Crown Prosecution Service and other partner organisations at the event, who have all made a contribution to the work of the charity.
Selena Newbery, the Anti-Social Behaviour Victim’s Champion for Plymouth, said: “I am delighted to have been invited to this national event to celebrate the work of Victim Support.
“It will be a great opportunity to highlight the good work we are doing in Plymouth on behalf of victims of anti-social behaviour, and also learn from other areas about their initiatives.
“Over the past three years we have supported nearly 700 people locally, of which 375 people were deemed high risk.”
Tackling anti-social behaviour, and supporting victims, is a priority for Safer Plymouth – Plymouth’s Community Safety Partnership, which includes representatives from Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and also co-opted members including Victim Support.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Co-operatives, Housing and Community Safety, said: “Here in Plymouth we have been leading on some innovative work on anti-social behaviour with Victim Support and the Safer Plymouth Board working closely with Devon and Cornwall Police and other local partners. I would like to thank Selena and anyone else working on behalf of victims in Plymouth for their dedication and commitment to helping people at their most vulnerable.”
Georgie Constable, divisional manager for Victim Support in Devon and Cornwall, said: “Anti-social behaviour blights communities and daily doses of abuse can destroy people’s lives. We support those victims and make sure they get help to cope with ongoing harassment or abuse.
“Selena’s work in Plymouth is one of several projects tackling anti-social behaviour in England and Wales in which Victim Support is closely involved. She’s working in a community safety partnership that supports individual victims and works in conjunction with housing authorities, police and local councils to tackle anti-social behaviour.”
Inspector Paul Morgan, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “Selena’s work in Plymouth, alongside the city’s antisocial behaviour team, was at the forefront of changing the way that police officers and partner agencies assess risk and vulnerability. The work Selena has done in developing how we respond to vulnerable victims is deserving of such recognition and, more importantly, provides victims of antisocial behaviour with a more profound response to their needs. This is grand news and very well deserved.”
For more information on Victim Support services in Plymouth go to http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/victimsupportservice
Further details on Victim Support are available at https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/