Supporting Victims and Witnesses
We will protect vulnerable people and ensure victims and witnesses are placed at the heart of the criminal justice system, commissioning services to support them.
We will recognise every victim’s experience is different and will provide a quality service which maintains their trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.
Police and Crime Commissioners are responsible for commissioning local support services for all victims of crime. The Ministry of Justice provides Commissioners with a grant each year to enable services which best meet the needs of local victims of crime to be funded.
A commissioning approach is taken to award this funding. This is set out in our Commissioning and Grants Strategy.
In Cambridgeshire, a model of support for victims of crime has been developed with regular consultation with victims and the providers who offer help.
All the services available for victims in our county can be found on our Victim Services | Cambridgeshire & Peterborough (cambsvictimservices.co.uk) website.
The services funded by the Commissioner are regularly reviewed to ensure they continue meet the needs of the victims who use them.
Information about the outcomes achieved for victims through the support provided can be read here.
The Commissioner has a statutory duty to ensure an ‘effective and efficient criminal justice system’ and is committed to championing the needs of victims and witnesses within the system.