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Victims of crime given six new help centres in Kent

PUBLISHED: 17:23 29 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:23 29 March 2016

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and Victim Support Services Director (South and East) Kultar Nayyar

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes and Victim Support Services Director (South and East) Kultar Nayyar

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Helpdesks have been developed by an independent charity

Six new ‘compass points’ helping to support victims of crime have been set up across Kent.

The helpdesks have been developed by independent charity Victim Support.

Police and crime commissioner awarded the charity a three year contract, to offer help to thousands more victims in the county.

Helpdesks are being introduced in Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Strood, Margate and Tunbridge Wells from April 3.

They will each be open for two hours a week and are available for walk ins or with an appointment.

Kultar Nayyar, services director at Victim Support said: “We have developed compass points to offer an entirely new and simple way for people to access services they need as a victim of crime and to break down barriers to reaching support.

“Each compass point will be hosted by staff and volunteers with localised knowledge, who are trained to offer support tailored to meet the needs of every individual. This new service will enhance the work we already do across Kent and increase our visibility in local communities.”

Victims can use compass points even if they have not reported their crime to the police.

rs and receive safety items, such as personal alarms and home protection devices, where required.

PCC Ann Barnes said: “I made a commitment to put victims and witnesses of crime at the heart of everything we do here in Kent and last year we successfully launched the county’s first victims and witness help and advice centre, Compass House, in Ashford. More than 53,000 victims of crime have been offered help since then.”

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