Police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has put crime victims and witnesses at the heart of his thinking.
West Yorkshire’s crime chief has set up a website aimed at helping people who don’t know where to turn when confronted by crime.
The website, www.helpforvictims.co.uk , was launched at an event attended by Victims’ Commissioner Baroness Newlove.
Backed by Victim Support and funded by the Ministry of Justice, it is hoped the website will be rolled out to other police forces across England and Wales.
With the introduction of Help for Victims, individuals will be able to immediately access all the information contained within the Victims’ Code and the Witness Charter in a question and answer format.
The website is in English and the five other most spoken languages Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and Polish to reflect the make-up of the West Yorkshire community.
It includes individual pages dedicated to more than 400 local support organisations, which can help with concerns such as cyber bullying or hate crime with trained advisers on hand to answer questions.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “This website will ensure victims and witnesses have access to all the knowledge they need to empower them to make informed decisions.
“I have made five promises within my Police and Crime Plan to victims and witnesses including ensuring they get the high quality support and help they need, when they need it, in the way they need it from the right agency.
“The Help for Victims website fits that criteria because it contains advice and support from the Victims’ Code as well as details of numerous relevant organisations within West Yorkshire that can also help victims.
“It is the only website with all these facilities in one place.”
Lesley McLean, the divisional manager for Victim Support in West Yorkshire, said:
“People in West Yorkshire are lucky to have this.
“As a charity we have supported thousands of people who have been the victim of a crime and we work in partnership with many other organisations in and around the region.
“We aim to make sure all crime victims get the support they need and the respect they deserve, regardless of whether or not they want to report a crime to the police.”