Hate_Crime_2013If you’ve been a victim of crime in Lewisham, help and support is on hand.

A range of voluntary and community organisations, including Lewisham Police, Lewisham Victim Support, Refuge and the Council’s own trading standards and neighbourhood community safety services came together at a recent event to discuss strategies and pledge their commitment to helping residents affected by crime.

The event which was held on Tuesday 3 December at the Civic Suite was part of an ongoing strategy led by the Council and Lewisham Police to create a community of support for people who have been victims in the borough.

Speaking at the event, Cllr Janet Daby, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Victims can often feel very intimidated to seek help after a crime has taken place and for them it can feel like climbing up a very steep mountain. We take a multidisciplinary approach when supporting victims of crime in Lewisham and are committed to working with our partners to make it easier for victims to approach us for help.’’

Detective Chief Inspector Greg Pople, Lewisham Police said: “Both the Metropolitan Police Service and Lewisham Borough Police are fully committed to supporting victims of crime. Total victim care is at the forefront of everyone’s minds as no crime is routine and every one can be traumatic for the victim. Showing consistent care is one way that police can achieve justice for victims.”

If you have been a victim of a crime call 101. In an emergency dial 999.

If you need support please contact the Neighbourhood Community Safety team in the relevant locality on 020 8314 6688 (North), 7531 (Central) or 7930 (South) or email communitysafety@lewisham.gov.uk. For information search for ‘victim’ on the Lewisham website www.lewisham.gov.uk.

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