Communications News: Group aims to alter attitudes to crime with new magazine

Victim Support launched a biannual magazine on Monday to spread its core messages to professionals who deal with crime.

View will be sent to approximately 20,000 police workers, magistrates, MPs and journalists. "We need to have these people on our side because we're quite boxed in when it comes to getting our attitudes to crime across," said Paul Fawcett, the charity's communications manager.

He hopes the magazine will help to change preconceived notions of crime presented by "formulaic media coverage and polarised reporting that doesn't always work in the best interests of victims".

He added: "It will give readers a broader understanding of crime above 'here is a baddie and here is a poor little victim'."

The first issue carries an interview with Home Office Minister Baroness Scotland, a feature on violence at work and news of how the charity has helped victims of crime abroad.

View follows the launch of Support Network in July, which showcases the charity's work to 11,000 volunteers and 5,000 staff.

Both titles emerged out of Victim Support Magazine, which the charity ditched this spring.

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