VEV - visual evidence for victims
If you're a victim of crime, photographs can be very useful as evidence. We can support victims of violent crime who aren't ready to report it to the police.
When you are ready to report the crime, you can show the photographs to the police or use them to help get a court order to protect you from the person (or people) who hurt you.
What is visual evidence for victims?
Visual evidence for victims (VEV) is a West Midlands project designed to take approved photographs of injuries or things that have been damaged. The project can also store photographs securely so that they will be available if you you decide to report the crime later on.
VEV is run by Victim Support with the help of other local organisations. The police have worked with the VEV team to make sure that pictures they take are properly approved.
The VEV team has police-approved cameras that they've been trained to use. They can take photographic evidence of:
- physical injuries, such as bruises, cuts, scratches or pulled-out hair
- property damage, including broken windows, a damaged door or offensive graffiti
What happens to the photographs?
VEV can store these photographs securely and confidentially until you decide to take action. Pictures can be used to report a crime to the police or in civil proceedings.
Alternatively, we can keep your photo evidence on file (for up to six years), or you can choose to have the photographs destroyed. You can get support and information from us to help you decide what you want to do.
The VEV team won't force you to have your evidence recorded through pictures – we'll only do it with your agreement. We'll also treat you with dignity and understanding.
We will be sensitive, especially if you have intimate injuries. We won't tell anyone else that we have your photographs.
We can help
If you need to talk to someone, you don't have to report a crime to the police. You can contact us now for help.