ASB victims get support from social landlord
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
Sovereign Housing Association has launched a pilot scheme with Victim Support to give enhanced assistance to victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Sovereign's initiative, which is available to people in the Buckskin and South Ham areas of Basingstoke, has already seen two residents apply for help.
Victim Support is the independent national charity that helps people find their strength again after crime and ASB. It offers help to over 1.5 million people affected by crime each year across England and Wales.
“As part of our aim of creating great communities, we have a strong commitment to tackling ASB,” said Jim Benson, Sovereign’s ASB officer for Basingstoke.
“This arrangement will provide residents affected by ASB with a whole support mechanism that is free, impartial and confidential."
Specially trained caseworkers will be able to give personalised support, help victims of ASB understand the process, refer them to the right agencies, provide advocacy on their behalf and check that appropriate action is being taken.
Selina Robinson, of Victim Support, said: “The Victim Support ASB Project team are really excited to be a part of this new venture and to provide support for tenants of Sovereign who have been affected by ASB. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Sovereign and their residents to improve community support and development.”