A NEW online support tool has been launched to help victims of crime in Lancashire manage the impact the incident has had on them.

Developed by Victim Support and delivered locally by Lancashire Victim Services (LVS), My Support Space is a free, safe, secure and confidential space where people can choose how they want to be supported following a crime.

A spokesman for LVS said the launch of My Support Space is particularly timely, as it gives victims of crime who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak additional ways in which to access support, including from their own home.

Victims can access a range of tools to help them cope and move forward after crime, as well as working through a series of interactive guides which address their specific needs.

The guides feature videos, techniques, activities and tips, and can be completed at their own pace. There is also an online diary so victims can track their progress and record their thoughts about what has happened.

Once a victim has signed up, he link to access My Support Space is sent out to them via text message or letter.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “I am pleased to see new ways of support becoming available at a time when victims may need it most.

"These new resources are available now so please contact Lancashire Victim Services to access them if you are struggling following a crime.

“Lancashire Victim Services’ support line also remains open. If you would like to speak to someone for emotional support, advice or practical help please contact the service.”

Claire Powell, contract manager at LVS, said: “Victim Support is committed to ensuring that victims of crime receive effective support in a way that works for them. We are delighted to launch My Support Space in Lancashire as it gives victims new and innovative ways of accessing support, even when they’re self-isolating.

“My Support Space contains guides on a variety of topics, such as difficult emotions, coping strategies, trauma and sleep. We know that these are common issues that people may face after crime, but are even more important during the coronavirus outbreak, as victims find the justice process essentially paused.”

Victims can contact LVS on 0300 3230085, use the live chat at lancashirevictimservices.org or email info@lancashirevictimservices.org.