Charities for victims form an alliance

Javed Khan of Victim Support says there are too many organisations attempting too many things

Victim Support's Javed Khan
Victim Support's Javed Khan

Victim Support and 30 smaller charities have formed an alliance that will involve joint lobbying of government ministers and could lead to shared funding bids and service delivery.

The charities have formed the Victims’ Services Alliance, a group of charities that represent the interests of victims of crime. Victim Support, the largest of the charities and the instigator of the alliance, will host the group’s secretariat and employ one member of staff to run it.

Javed Khan, chief executive of Victim Support, said the charity would also provide a "small operational budget" to fund meetings between the charities.

He said members of the alliance would begin by sharing information, responding jointly to government consultations and campaigning together on key issues. He said in future the alliance would consider joint funding bids, sharing services and sharing back office functions.

"Traditionally, this part of the sector has been competitive," he said. "Often victims’ charities will be set up by an individual who has suffered trauma or who wants to remember a loved one and their work is deeply personal to them.

"But there are too many organisations trying to do too many things in this field and it is not good for service users. They don’t know who to turn to," he said.

Khan said increased demand and reduced resources meant it was necessary for victims’ groups to work together. "We can no longer meet the needs of our beneficiaries by working separately," he said.

He said Victim Support had been seen as the "big brother" of smaller charities for victims. "The trouble is that we’ve been good at being big but hopeless at being the brother," he said. "This is about offering shelter to organisations that are having difficult times."

Khan said he expected the alliance to cause some difficulties. "It would be naïve to think this was all going to be rosy," he said. "Of course there will be fallouts and conflicting voices, but I think that is acceptable sometimes."

Earlier this year, Victim Support made 250 of its 1,750 staff redundant after losing £7m in funding from the Ministry of Justice, which represented 16 per cent of its income.

The following groups have joined the alliance:

Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse

Aftermath Support

Assist Trauma Care

CADD (Campaign Against Drinking and Driving)

Cassandra Learning Centre

Child Bereavement Charity

Cruse Bereavement Care

Damn: Death After Medical Negligence

Escaping Victimhood

Families Fighting for Justice

JAGS Foundation

Justice After Acquittal

KnifeCrimes.Org & Victims' Advocates

Marchioness Action Group

Mothers Against Violence

National Victims' Association




Road Victim’s Trust

Samm Abroad

Samm National

Samm South East

SCARD (Support and Care after Road death and Injury)

The Compassionate Friends

The Godwin Lawson Trust

The Jimmy Mizen Foundation

The Lucie Blackman Trust & Missing Abroad

The Moira Fund

The North Southwark Bereavement Care Association

The Red Poppy Company

The Robert Levy Foundation

Through Unity

Winston's Wish

Victim Support

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