Core to the Public Protection Units belief is that Domestic Abuse is a sensitive crime that does not have to be suffered in silence.
The Vulnerable Victims Advocate (VVA) works for Victim Support and provides a specialist service to people who live, work and study within the City of London. She works specifically with people who have experienced sexual violence, domestic abuse and/or hate crime. The support she is able to offer is emotional support, which is a safe space where the individual can talk about how their feeling and how the incident has affected them. She can also provide practical support, which might be support through the criminal justice process, signposting to other agencies, supporting letters, practical advice and safety planning. The VVA works with each person on an individual basis to ensure the support is tailored to them and their needs. She is based within the Public Protection Unit at the City of London Police, which enables her to work very closely with the police to ensure individuals are receiving immediate and effective support. The support offered by the VVA is not dependent on the individual having reported the incident to the police. People can contact her directly asking for support/advice. The VVA is able to meet people across the City of London, wherever is most suitable and convenient for them. She can also meet people at their place of work, so they are able to access the service during their busy working day. The VVA also runs a drop in surgery at the Shoe Lane Library every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, between 11-2pm. The Vulnerable Victims Advocate can be contacted at: 0794 463 4946.
In the event of an emergency or a crime being committed always dial 999.