“Whoever the victim, and whatever the crime, we will always put them first and give the best possible support, care and advice”

Victim Advisory Group




“It is important that we value the diversity of our community and to ensure accessibility to Victims First Northumbria for all. That is why I have developed the Victim Focus Group to ensure that the voice of the victim is heard and used to guide improvements to victim care. I am grateful to the people who are members of this group who have made a valuable contribution to victim care within Northumbria. Their stories of courage and determination have inspired me and continue to drive what we do at VFN.”

Ruth Parker CEO

Role of the Group

Advise on development & co-ordination of victim care at Victims First Northumbria


Assist in developing & shaping future victim services at Victims First Northumbria

Improving victim experience by providing advice & feedback on the issues that impact victim care

Providing a forum to discuss the victim experience within the criminal justice process when involved in court proceedings

Help guide improvements in victim led approaches to Restorative Justice

Quote from a Sexual Violence & Child Abuse survivor and Victim Focus Group member

“When you become a victim of crime, your whole identity seems to shift almost overnight. Talking to police officers becomes your new ‘normal’. Safety is no longer something that is taken for granted or expected, and you find yourself starting to talk all the time in police words about ‘offences, perpetrators, witnesses’ and various legal jargon, because that’s what your world becomes limited and shrunk down to. You can begin to feel more and more isolated from a world and community that continues to go on around you like nothing has happened, yet for you *so much* is different. All you live is that crime in your head, over and over, so victim support becomes everything. No person should have to deal with this alone. Victims First Northumbria step in and give you all the support you need to fill in the gaps that you can’t possibly fill in yourself. They’ll give you the boost of practical help, specialist knowledge, and all the emotional support you need to empower you and get you through this phase of disruption and upset. Once that’s all in place, you can start to rebuild your life again, brick-by-brick, with ever increasing hope and resilience”

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group or finding more about the work we do please contact us on 0800 011 3116 or email enquiries@victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk