So often, it seems there’s only one side to crime – the perpetrators, who routinely receive support and attention. But there’s another side, the victims and witnesses – often, their needs and the support they require, is not given the priority it deserves.
Brent-based, pan-London voluntary organisation BTWSC, has been funded by Victim Support, to organise a conference this Saturday focused solely on finding out what support victims and witnesses of crime need, and also to create a directory that maps out what support is currently available.
The BTWSC VORP (Voice Of Responsible Parents) Victims And Witnesses Of Crime Conference takes place at Brent Town Hall in Wembley on Saturday July 9, 12-5pm. The free cross-sector conference and workshop, which is aimed a wide breadth of stake holders including youths, parents, teachers, police officers, elected representatives, faith groups, social and youth workers, and community groups, starts with lunch, followed by short film screenings, and workshops exploring areas of concern, including restorative justice.
For booking or further information: Ms Serwah, BTWSC co-ordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8450 5987, www.btwsc.com/VORP.
020 8450 5987
BTWSC VORP (Voice Of Responsible Parents) Victims And Witnesses Of Crime Conference
Start Time: Saturday 9th July 2011.
End Time: Saturday 9th July 2011.
Brent Town Hall
A cross-sector conference & workshop highlighting the support available and/or needed by victims and witnesses of crime
BTWSC VORP (Voice Of Responsible Parents) Victims And Witnesses Of Crime Conference In partnership with the A-Connexion’s Global Village and Wheat Mentor Support Trust
Saturday 9th July, 12noon-5.00pm, at Brent Town Hall, Forty Lane, Wembley, HA9 9HD
Free but pre-booking essential: must book: via email@example.com
The conference, which is funded by Victim Support, will:
a) highlight the needs of victims of crime, and witnesses of crime,
b) raise awareness about available support, and how to access it,
c) explore Restorative justice, what it means, and its role in reducing re offending.
This will be done through a conference & workshop which will examine crime, particularly youth crime, within the context of victims of crime, and parenting styles, particularly what can be learnt from BME communities.
There will also be the opportunity for victims to be heard, and to indicate what support they would like.
Conference starts with a free lunch.
There will be workshops on the following topics.
a) Who is a victim, and what support do victims want?
b) Hate crime, and how it affects us. How can parenting impact on crime prevention?
c) Wall of silence- What can be done so there can be justice for victims of crime? What support is available to witnesses?
d) What is restorative justice, and does it work?
After the workshops there will be a plenary session for discussion and feedback from workshops. Feedback will be compiled into a document, which will also include information and directory regarding available support services for victims and witnesses. Document will be available for download online giving 24hr access to a useful resource.