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New Support Base For Crime Victims

A new service has opened to help victims and witnesses cope and recover after the crime.

Victims First Jersey launched in January last year, but now has a base near the courts, in Jersey's Royal Square.

The free service offers tailored emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses of crime.

The Bailiff has opened the newly-refurbished Piquet House.

The building has without a permanent use for many years, and long been the subject of debate over its future.

Government money was set aside in 2019 for its modernisation, to bring it back into use.

Service manager Laura Osmand says having a central base close to the courts will help make sure victims and witnesses remain at the heart of the Criminal Justice system.

“While the service has been running for over a year now, an official opening of our new premises is a landmark occasion for the team. Having a centralised base here close to the courts and in a convenient location for clients will really help."

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