Disclosure Details

Victim care - 1184/15

Dated: 06 Jan 2016

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act') 

Thank you for your e mail dated 20 December 2015 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police. 

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.


You asked:

1. Where does responsibility for victims care sit within your force area ?

2. Who is the portfolio lead for victim of crime services in your force area ?

3. What organisations contribute to your multi-partnership approach to victim of crime care ?

4. Is there a dedicated victims of crime care centre in your force area ? If yes, please provide details of the dedicate unit and details of the services provided.

5. Is your victim of crime service compliant with European Parliament 2012 Directive 2012/29/EU and the Victims Charter ?

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention. 

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted within Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police. 

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.


1. Northumbria Police/Crown Prosecution Service Witness Care Unit and Victims First Northumbria (VFN)

2 Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ford and Superintendent Barton

3 As per response to point 1. supplemented by a huge range of agencies to whom victims are referred when circumstances dictate. These can be found at


4 Yes. Victims First Northumbria http://www.victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk/

5 Yes 


Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.


How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure.

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.