Local Victim Support Association Receives Funding from Bluestar

A CHARITY supporting victims of crime has received a financial boost from a Southampton bus company.

The Victim Support Service, which provides free and confidential support to those affected by crime, has received a boost from Bluestar.

The service, provided by Victim Support Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, benefits from the local bus operator’s Community Fund; and received a new smart tablet to help local people get support and advice.

Funded by the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the service provides specialist help and support to residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the aim of empowering people to move beyond crime, in a way that suits them.

Third-party reporting centers offer another way to report a crime without contacting the police and can do so anonymously if the victim wishes.

“We provide support to tens of thousands of people every year, including some vulnerable victims of hate crimes or incidents,” said Emily Elkin, Community Worker, Victim Support.

“Our offices are registered third-party reporting centers for hate crimes, but we wanted to be able to provide this service when we are out and about in the community and attending events.

“With this in mind, we applied to the Bluestar Community Fund, in the hope that they could provide us with a smart tablet to record details with the victim rather than report them elsewhere.”

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