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Helping young crime victims and witnesses recover from trauma

Embrace Child Victims Of Crime is a specialist support service for young victims and witnesses to crime on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The aim of the Cambridgeshire-based charity is to help children, young people, and families from all over the county recover from their traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives. This is achieved by offering counselling and emotional support within schools, over the phone and online.

For families harmed by crime and struggling to make ends meet, the service offers practical support such as food and clothing vouchers, toys, games, mobile phones and tablets to help them access support.

Embrace Child Victims Of Crime also work with the Merlin’s Magic Wand Children’s Charity to provide free tickets for theme park days out to Legoland or Alton Towers and other attractions to enable families to make new happy memories together.

In addition, the service helps cash-strapped families who have been affected by crime but may not be able to readily access the support they need.

Young victims and witnesses of all crimes including all kinds of abuse, violence and exploitation are supported together with children affected by domestic abuse. Some of the children who have received support are grieving the loss of a close family member killed by crime.

Last year, Embrace Child Victims Of Crime helped 1,218 children, young people, and families across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

To refer a child for support please contact the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Victim and Witness Hub on 0800 781 6818.

For more information about Embrace Child Victims of Crime please visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk or call the helpline on 0345 60 999 60 from Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm.

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