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Victims of Crime
AVoice is a free, independent and confidential advocacy service for anyone over the age of 18 who lives in one of the following areas:
- Bath and North East Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
- North Somerset
AVoice can work with people who have:
- learning disabilities
- issues with their mental health
- physical disabilities
- become a victim because of their age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
AVoice advocates can:
- help them to understand the criminal justice process and their rights within it
- assist them to access services to help them cope and recover from the crime
- explore their options with them and support their decision-making
- help them to get practical help from other agencies by working with them on their behalf
- help them to make informed decisions by offering guidance and information
- listen to them and ensure they get their voice heard.
AVoice can also advocate for victims of crime and antisocial behaviour who have not reported it to the police.
In October 2014, the Ministry of Justice transferred responsibility for commissioning local victim services in Avon and Somerset to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens.
From April 2015, victims of crime and antisocial behaviour have benefitted from enhanced help and support with specialist commissioned services offered across Avon and Somerset including Lighthouse integrated victim and witness care, an emotional support service - including listening, advice and emergency grants - an adults’ advocacy service, a young persons' advocacy service, independent sexual violence advisors and a modern slavery support service.
The Care Forum were commissioned for three years to deliver the adult advocacy service, AVoice, for vulnerable adults affected by crime and antisocial behaviour in the Avon and Somerset area, working in partnership with seAp and SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality).