More than 50,000 people have accessed a service offering free and confidential support to victims of crime in Cheshire in 12 months.
Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recovery Enhanced Service) was set up by the county's Police and Crime Commissioner in 2015 to offer one-to-one support to victims of all crimes to cope and recover from their ordeal - whether or not they report it to police.
It was one of the first in-house victims’ support services in UK policing.
New figures show between April 2018 and March 2019 it supported more than 50,000 people, including more than 20,000 victims of serious crimes such as domestic abuse, sexual assault or hate crime.
David Keane, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said: “Supporting victims is a key part of my role and is at the heart of everything I do. Cheshire CARES work tirelessly to ensure every victim of crime in Cheshire has access to the right support services to recover from their ordeal.
“Being a victim of crime can have a significant and long-lasting impact on health and wellbeing and the feelings of safety. Cheshire CARES work closely with victims to ensure they don’t have to cope alone and that victims are offered support from relevant agencies.
“I hope that more people will accept support from CARES over the next 12 months so we can help more victims of crime in Cheshire carry on with their lives.”
Julie Blaylock, manager of Cheshire CARES, added: “Cheshire CARES offers support to all victims of crime no matter how they’ve been affected by the crime or if they have reported it to the police.
“We support victims who have a wide variety of needs and ensure they are able to live comfortably again following their ordeal.
“We recently supported a lady who was subjected to ongoing emotional and verbal abuse from her husband. But with regular support from the team she finally found the courage to move out of their home.
"She says she now finally feels confident enough to live alone and has continually praised our support and stated that knowing someone is always there to talk to has had a huge impact on her and her life.”
To find out more about how to contact Cheshire CARES, please visit https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.