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Victim Support back on Scilly this week


The national Victim Support charity is on Scilly this week and would like to hear from anyone affected by crime who would like a confidential chat.

Heather Welch, Victim Services Manager for VS Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is attending meetings over the next two days and can meet anyone in a public place of their choosing.

Between March 2018 and February 2019 there were 78 reported crimes on the islands, 25 of which were categorised as violence or sexual assault.

Heather said: "That's not high numbers, but it's significant and I think it's very important to acknowledge that reported crime is only a small amount of the crime that goes on."

VS is an independent organisation which has been helping those affected by crime for almost 50 years. It works with all crime types, regardless of when they happened and whether they have been reported to police.

Heather said of its work: "We provide a listening service, and the confidential space that we give actually gives people the chance to think things through for themselves. We make changes in our lives in our own heads and quite often everyone is looking to tell us what to do.

"That's not what we do. We help people to explore their options and the consequences of those options and see how they want to move forward. We explore coping strategies, building self-esteem and confidence, and that allows people to make their own choices about what happens next."

Islanders can book a chat with Heather through the local Victim Support Helpline on 0300 303 0554 (open 12pm – 6pm weekdays) or by email at devon.cornwall@victimsupport.org.uk.

In Devon and Cornwall VS is also part of the Victim Care Network which is made up of over 80 agencies who are working together to provide a holistic approach to the support needed by people affected by crime. A directory of these organisations can be found at this link.

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