Equality, diversity and inclusion

Victim Support is the independent national charity which helps people cope with the impact of crime. Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. We also work to promote and advance the rights of victims and witnesses.

To achieve this, we need to make sure that Victim Support puts non-discriminatory practices into effect in both employment and service delivery. Reflecting our commitment to this aim, Victim Support was placed 25th in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2020 and 5th in this year’s National Centre for Diversity top 100 employers’ list.

The following statement of policy is for use by all employees and volunteers working within Victim Support.

Read our full Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

If you’d like to receive any of our documents in an alternative format, please email design.account@victimsupport.org.uk.

A composite image of the EDI logos awarded to Victim Support

Victim Support is committed to equal opportunities in employment and service delivery. We will take every possible step to ensure that no person working with the organisation or seeking employment with us, or anyone using our services; will receive less favourable treatment or will be disadvantaged by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable on the grounds of their age, disability (including mental health), gender identity, gender expression, trans status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. We will also not discriminate on the grounds of trade union membership or political activities, socio-economic status, responsibility for dependents, part-time status or fixed-term contract status or any other reason which cannot be shown to be justified.

Selection criteria and procedures are reviewed regularly to ensure that individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Our aim is that our workforce will be truly representative of all sections of society. Everyone should feel respected and valued and able to achieve their full potential. Victim Support aims to ensure it values and represents the diversity of communities both locally and nationally.

Victim Support takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. We recognise that prejudice and discrimination continue to result in unfair treatment for many people.

We are committed to addressing this by:

  • ensuring the effectiveness of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy
  • being clear and open about our values and promoting them
  • listening, learning and taking action to bring about change.

Our diversity statement is ‘Diversity matters and we value it’.

These documents show the demographic data of Victim Support staff and volunteers from June 2020, versus the 2011 census data. All data remains anonymous.

VS has internal networks open to all staff and volunteers.

Our current vacancies and the benefits we offer to employees.