We should all feel safe in our communities, and victims of crime must have confidence that they will receive timely and effective justice. However, two-fifths of London’s victims currently think that the criminal justice system fails to provide them the support that they need, and over a quarter feel that the views of victims and witnesses are not taken into account.
MOPAC are determined to improve services to reduce repeat victimisation and so that every victim is treated with dignity and respect. This is why we support the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, and have commissioned an Independent Review of Victims’ Services, led by Baroness Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner, in readiness for our new commissioning responsibilities in October 2014.
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) continues to be a key concern for Londoners and is a significant driver of individuals’ confidence in the Met. 10% of all calls received by the Met are from victims of ASB. We are working through the London Crime Reduction Board to put in place a robust partnership approach to this complex problem.
London is one of the most diverse cities in the world; it is a place where people have the freedom to be who they want to be. This is a cause for celebration, but some people are still targeted just because of who they are. The Mayor is committed to cracking down on all forms of hate crime, including that focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims (LGBT) and disabled victims.