Police Link Officers for Deaf People (PLOD)
We have been successfully supporting a vulnerable victim from the deaf community for over a year due to the on-going harassment she has faced.
The victim has faced numerous hurdles in accessing support due to being deaf. Victim First made sure support was providing by working with Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD) and using sign language apps (Interpreter Now) that allowed them to call in for support, raise concerns and ask questions about the on-going enquiries between police forces and to express her feelings and thoughts.
The case was important as this community has found it difficult to access services that are taken for granted. It shows Victim First is looking to support all victims of crimes, especially from communities that traditionally have found it difficult, to access support and express their concerns and move on with their lives.
Victim First managed the varied relationships between different agencies and on-going investigations in order to support them, manage expectations and address emotional and practical concerns.