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Welcome to the Victim First blog!

Hi guys! Welcome to the Victim First blog. We will be regularly updating this page to let you all know what we are getting up to over the coming months. We are committed in attending events and training to upskill our staff and provide the best service we can to our stakeholders.

As you can see we recently had a website revamp which has been really exciting. The new features, such as; webchat and the crime information pages, will hopefully allow us to access and support more people. Also we are always open to feedback, so please let us know what you think about our new website!

Since Christmas we have attended a number of events such as:

Personal resilience training (which helped us to understand other ways to help empower and support victims)

NSPCC safeguarding training (to help identify the signs of potential safeguarding concerns)

County lines training (to help us to understand the continued emergence of county lines and how it can affect young people)

Working with abuse, substance use and mental ill health (Understand the links between experiences of domestic and sexual violence, substance use and mental ill-health)

We always strive to attend training that will help us help you, but we also like to be involved in campaigns that we feel strongly about. One such campaign was the   #ItsNotOk campaign which was a week-long awareness week to help create a discussion around sexual violence and abuse and help challenge myths and stereotypes. During this week we attended the ‘Light the Night’ walk at De Montfort University to bring people together, showcase our passion through  placards to help spread awareness in the local community. We were also supported Leicestershire Police and we attended an exhibition at the University of Leicester which showcased a number of powerful pieces to help challenge myths and stereotypes that surround sexual violence and abuse. We are very proud to be involved in such an amazing response from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and we will continue to help spread awareness within our everyday work.

You can follow our social media pages on the following links to see what we are up to between the blog posts!

Instagram: Victim1st   Twitter: @Victim1st

Thank you

Joe Raby

Senior Caseworker