Victims of crime in Hampshire will have access to “better support” following the launch of a new care service last week.
Police and crime commissioner Michael Lane announced the support service after the successful delivery of the Victim Care Service since its inception three years ago.
The service has supported more than 190,000 victims of crime across the Hampshire policing area.
The support provided by charity Victim Support can be practical, such as providing security items, or emotional support by trained case workers and volunteers.
Ian Stiff, from Victim Support, said: “Victim Support are delighted to have retained the contract to deliver the Victim Care Service for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
“We have many years of experience to draw from in delivering support to victims of crime and will be making some significant enhancements to the service we provide.”
Mr Lane said: “The service was able to reach victims who previously slipped through the net – which demonstrated the value it brings in supporting vulnerable victims and to the wellbeing of our communities.”
The service will also launch a new web directory to help victims of crime find the support they need in one central location.