New project supports young victims of crime in Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 12:47 26 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 26 July 2013

A new project supporting young victims of crime has been officially launched.

The Young People Affected by Crime (YPAC) scheme, is run by the police, the police cadets and the Youth Offending Servic (YOS) and offers victims the chance to take part in activity sessions to help them recover from their experience and grow in confidence.

Although officially launched on Thursday, YPAC has been running in the borough for a number of months.

Cabinet member for crime, justice and communities, Cllr Jeanne Alexander, said she was delighted that the council, who are part of the YOS, were involved in the project.

She added: “It has been recognised for quite some time that whilst young offenders are rightly given support and opportunities to take part in activities designed to reduce their chances of re-offending, there hasn’t really been anything on offer specifically designed for the young victims of crime.”

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