THIS WEEK IN 1994: Staffing boost for crime victims’ aid

Deputy co-ordinator for the Cosham and Havant branch of Victim Support, Leissa Parham ,32, with a new sign at the Leigh Park office
Deputy co-ordinator for the Cosham and Havant branch of Victim Support, Leissa Parham ,32, with a new sign at the Leigh Park office
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A support group for crime victims in the Portsmouth area took on an extra worker to help with its heavy caseload.

Cosham and Havant branch of Victim Support helped people suffering after the effects of crimes from burglary to attempted murder.

While the total number of cases for 1993-94 remained stable at around the 2,000 mark, the group had to deal with a rise in the number of assault and sexual offence victims.

In response to the heavy workload, the National Association Victim Support provided money for another full-time co-ordinator.

The group’s annual report showed assault case referrals rose from 178 to 230.

The number of people seeking help after suffering a burglary dropped to 1,308 from 1,643, but victims of criminal damage doubled.