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VEV - visual evidence for victims

We can support all victims of violent crime, even those who aren't ready to report the incident to the police. 

However, if you're a victim of crime, photographs can be very useful as evidence. 

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 (VEV)?

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.

See the latest VEV Newsletter

VEV Service Newsletter - Summer 2014

Shropshire

Name: AXIS Telford & Wrekin Shropshire

Telephone: 01743 243007 and 01952 278000

Description: Provides counselling services for victims of childhood sexual abuse and rape in addition to the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service across the areas of Shropshire and Telford.

 

Name: Refuge Shropshire

Telephone: 01691 679491

Description: Provides a specialist support service for victims of domestic violence.

 

Name: Severnside Housing, Shropshire

Telephone: 0300 3000059

E-mail (enquiries): enquiries@severnsidehousing.co.uk

Website: www.severnsidehousing.co.uk

Description: Severnside Housing is one of Shropshire’s largest social landlord and currently owns and maintains more than 5,400 homes in Shrewsbury, Brosley, Wellington, Telford and the surrounding areas. We are a ‘not for profit’ company and a Registered Social Landlord, regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency with a green light for governance and financial viability.

 

Name: South Shropshire Housing Association, Craven Arms, Shropshire

Telephone: 0300 3031190

E-mail: louise.reynolds@ss-ha.org.uk

Website: http://www.shropshirehousing.org.uk

Description: Shropshire Housing Group is made up of Meres and Mosses Housing Association, South Shropshire Housing Association and repairs and maintenance company, Total Response Ltd. We build, re-develop and maintain good quality homes that people want to live in with rents that people can afford to pay. In addition to managing and improving our homes, we run a foyer for young people, a refuge for women escaping domestic abuse, sheltered schemes for older people and mobile support services for vulnerable adults.

 

Name: Victim Support, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Telephone: 01743 362812

Victim Care Team: 0300 3031977

Description: We provide practical and emotional support to all victims of crime, their families or anyone else affected by the crime.

 

Name: West Mercia Women’s Aid, Shrewsbury,Shropshire

Telephone: 0800 7831359

Email: helpline@westmerciawomensaid.org

            groups@westmerciawomensaid.org

Website: www.westmerciawomensaid.org

Description: Provides listening support, refuge accommodation, support services and group programmes.

 

Name: The Glade, 30 West Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 2BB

Telephone: 0808 178 2058

E-mail: info@theglade.org.uk  (please note this is monitored 9am to 6pm Monday-Friday).

Description: The Glade in West Mercia offers a free and confidential service to men, women and children who have been victims of rape or sexual assault. The services that The Glade offers can be accessed via a Police or Self Referral. Where appropriate clients will be offered a forensic medical examination to gather evidence, advice about pregnancy and sexual health, medication where appropriate, referrals for ongoing and long term support and/or to the client’s GP and counselling. The Glade offers a safe and welcoming environment to victims of sexual violence.

Worcestershire

Name: Home Group, Worcestershire

Telephone: Referrals: 0845 1550395 Office: 01905 756277

E-mail: Worcesterreferral@homegroup.org.uk

Website: www.homegroup.org.uk

Description: The Worcestershire Stonham services provide support to various client groups in the area: Domestic Abuse Service, Residential and Community Support, The Breakthrough Service, Ex-offenders and substance misuse service, Homelessness Prevention Service and community support to assist people who are at risk of losing their home.

 

Name: Victim Support, Worcestershire

Telephone: South Worcestershire: 01905 726885

                     North Worcestershire: 01527 66462

Victim Care Team: 0300 3031977

Description: We provide practical and emotional support to all victims of crime, their families or anyone else affected by the crime.

 

Name: Safer Worcester, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire

Telephone: 01905 722321

Website: www.saferworcester.co.uk

Description: For safer and stronger communities.

 

Name: West Mercia Women’s Aid, Worcestershire

Telephone: 0800 9803331

Email: helpline@westmerciawomensaid.org

            groups@westmerciawomensaid.org

Website: www.westmerciawomensaid.org

Description: Provides listening support, refuge accommodation, support services and group programmes.

 

Name: West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Worcestershire

Telephone: For ISVA support and general enquiries: 01905 611655

Helpine: For telephone support and counselling referrals: 01905 724514  

Email: Counselling enquiries: counselling@wrsasc.org.uk

            ISVA enquiries: isva@wmrsasc.org.uk

            General enquiries: office@wmrsasc.org.uk

Website: www.wmrsasc.org.uk or www.wrsasc.org.uk

Description: WRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental service for men, women and children (aged 11 years or over) who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional. Our services include telephone support for survivors and their family or friends via our telephone helpline and face to face counselling support for women aged 16 years and over. We have an Independent Sexual Advisory Service which provides practical and emotional support to men, women and children aged 11 years and over.

 

Name: The Glade, A4103 Bransford, Worcestershire, WR6 5JD

Telephone: 0808 178 2058

Website: www.the glade.org.uk

Description: The Glade in West Mercia offers a free and confidential service to men, women and children who have been victims of rape or sexual assault. The services that The Glade offers can be accessed via a Police or Self Referral. Where appropriate clients will be offered a forensic medical examination to gather evidence, advice about pregnancy and sexual health, medication where appropriate, referrals for ongoing and long term support and/or to the client’s GP and counselling. The Glade offers a safe and welcoming environment to victims of sexual violence.

 

Name: Maggs Day Centre

Telephone: 01905 25027

Email: mkirk@maggsdaycentre.co.uk

Website: www.maggsdaycentre.co.uk

Description: Services for the homeless, socially isolated and vulnerably housed.

  • Maggs day centre 

Address: Deansway Worcester WR1 2JD
Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 8:00-13:45 (12:45 Thursday) 
A direct access day centre, offering food, shelter, support, washing/shower and laundry facilities 

  • The activity centre 

Address: 7 Copenhagen Street Worcester WR1 2HB,
Opening times: Monday to Thursday 14:00-17:00 
The Centre runs skills training to help people manage their lives better, such as reading, writing, cooking, art, together with the social skills necessary to reintegrate back into society.

  • Maggs clothing project  

Address: 8 Sansome Place, Worcester WR1 1UA 
Opening times: Monday and Thursday 9:00-12:00 
Providing free clothes, bedding and domestic items to those in need or hardship across the city.

 

Name:  Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Telephone: 01527 557557

Email: info@bdht.co.uk

Website: www.bdht.co.uk

Description: BDHT is a provider of affordable housing, serving the district of Bromsgrove and surrounding areas. In addition to provision of housing, BDHT also aims to improve the communities in which they are based. bdht works closely with partners to provide customers with secure and comfortable accommodation, and safe and happy neighbourhoods. 

Herefordshire

Name: West Mercia Women’s Aid, Hereford, Herefordshire

Telephone: 0800 7831359

Email: helpline@westmerciawomensaid.org

            groups@westmerciawomensaid.org

Website: www.westmerciawomensaid.org

Description: Provides listening support, refuge accommodation, support services and group programmes.

 

Name: West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre, Hereford, Herefordshire.

Telephone: For ISVA support and general enquiries: 01432 266551

Helpine: For telephone support and counselling referrals:  0870 2422230 (calls are charged at local rate).  

Email: Counselling enquiries: counselling@hrsasc.org.uk

            ISVA enquiries: isva@wmrsasc.org.uk

            General enquiries: office@wmrsasc.org.uk

Website: www.wmrsasc.org.uk or www.hrsasc.org.uk

Description: WRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental service for men, women and children (aged 11 years or over) who have experienced rape, sexual assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional. Our services include telephone support for survivors and their family or friends via our telephone helpline and face to face counselling support for women aged 16 years and over. We have an Independent Sexual Advisory Service which provides practical and emotional support to men, women and children aged 11 years and over.   

West Midlands

Birmingham & Solihull

Name: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid

Email: www.bswaid.org

Description: Provides a range of support services including refuge accommodation and community based support for women & children affected by domestic abuse. The Single Referral Route (SRR) number is the number in Birmingham which women can use to access emergency accommodation  

Phone number: 0121 685 8550 or helpline (SRR) 0800 0732 606 

 

Name: Healthy Gay Life

Website: www.hgl.nhs.uk

Description: Health Gay Life is an NHS Sexual Health and HIV prevention service supporting gay & bisexual men in Birmingham and Sandwell. Our services include sexual health check-up clinic, group work and black and asian community support. Professional counselling is available to the LGBT community.

Phone number: 0121 440 6161

                            

Name: SAFE Project

Website: www.webwell.org.uk

Description: The SAFE Project is a female run service and seeks to promote the health and the well-being of women who have worked in, or are working or are at risk of becoming involved in the commercial sex industry. To reduce harm associated with sex work and to empower women associated with sex work to make positive choices.     

Phone: 0121 440 6655

 

Name: RSVP      

Description: Free Counselling and support to male and female survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. We cover Birmingham & Solihull.           

Phone: 0121 236 5763 or helpline 0121 233 3818

Email: info@rape-sexualviolenceproj.fsnet.co.uk  

 

Name: Women’s Aid

Website: www.bswaid.org

Description: Provides a range of support services including refuge accommodation and community based support for women and children affected by domestic abuse.     

Phone: 0121 685 8550 or helpline 0800 0732 606 

                               

Name: Shirley Children’s Centre              

Description: Our aim is to offer families of young children help, advice, support and information on all aspects of parenting in order to give every child the best possible start in life.

Phone: 0121 248 7666

 

Coventry

Name: Coventry Haven

Website: www.coventryhaven.co.uk

Description: We are a small, community-based, registered charity which is run for women by women. Our aim is to help women, who have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence. We can provide safe housing and a number of support services. These services are run by staff and volunteers and are free of charge.  

Phone: 024 76 444077

Email: lpost@btconnect.com

 

Name: Kairos

Website: www.kairoswwt.org

Description: Kairos WWT believes in the value and dignity of all women.  We aim to support, empower, and give a voice to women caught up in sex work, or at risk of prostitution, and those aspiring to leave it.   

Phone: 02476 559550

Email: admin@kairoswwt.org

  

Name: CRASAC (Coventry Rape & Sexual Assault Centre)

Website: www.crasac.org.uk

Description: We are a free and confidential service that provides support for survivors who have experienced any kind of sexual abuse of any kind at any time in their life. Our counselling service is available to women and also to girls and boys aged 5 - 18 years. Our helpline and ISVA services are also available to men and boys.      

Phone: 024 7627 7772 or helpline: 024 7627 7777

Email: info@crasac.org.uk

                         

Name: The Anchor Centre

Website: www.covwarkpt.nhs.uk

Description: The Anchor Centre is a nurse led GP services offering a holistic healthcare service to single persons experiencing homelessness and those who are vulnerably housed.        

Phone: 024 76231393

 

Name: White Friars Housing

Website: www.whitefriarshousing.co.uk

Description: White friars Housing is Coventry’s largest social landlord and one of the country’s most successful post transfer social housing organisations. Our aim is to provide a “one stop” service to our customers regarding any issue they have.                

Phone: 024 7649 6700

 

Sandwell & Dudley

 

Name: CHADD Housing Services

Website: www.chadd.org.uk

Description: A small charitable housing association providing a range of housing options for people who need support to enable them to live in the community.  

Phone: 01384 456 465

Email: admin@chadd.org.uk

                      

Name: Sandwell Women’s Aid

Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Description: National domestic abuse charity working to end violence against women and children.

Phone: 0121 552 6448

 

Name: Women’s Rape Support

Website: www.womensaid.org.uk

Descripton: Offers confidential services provided by Sandwell Women’s Aid.      

Phone: 0845 055 9597

 

Walsall & Wolverhampton

 

Name: SAFE Project

Website: www.webwell.org.uk

Description: The Safe Project is a female run service and Seeks to promote the health and well-being of women who have, are working or are at risk of becoming involved in the commercial sex industry. To reduce harm associated with sex work and to empower women associated with sex work to make positive choices.     

Phone: 0121 440 6655

                            

Name: Walsall Domestic Violence Forum

Website: www.wdvf.co.uk

Description: Provides support for people who are experiencing domestic abuse.              

Phone: 01922 406 767

                      

Name: Walsall Housing Group

Website: www.whg.uk.com

Description: Our Community Safety Team is fully trained and accredited to provide both witnesses and victims with support throughout any complaints, provide emotional support assist in completing diary sheets, take witness statements, provide information on the court process, provide support throughout the case and provide full aftercare support.        

Phone: 0300 555 6666

Email: enquiries@whgrp.co.uk  

                         

Name: The Haven

Website: www.havenrefuge.org.uk

Description: Provides quality and sensitive services to women and any dependent children who are affected by domestic abuse and homelessness and in need of safety, shelter, stability and support within an environment of equality, dignity and respect.      

Phone: 01902 572 143

Email: info@havenrefuge.org.uk

                         

Name: Wolverhampton Domestic Violence forum

Website: www.wdvf.org.uk

Description: Aims to work together to stop domestic abuse and ensure the safety, empowerment of victims and their children and bring perpetrators to account.        

Phone: 01902 572 345

Email: admin@wdvf.org.uk

 

Name: Gender Matters 

Website: www.gender-matters.org.uk

Description: Gender Matters is a registered charity covering all of the West Midland and bordering regions. We are totally inclusive and provide information and support to all trans people, their family, friends and professional organisations who wish to have more of an understanding of gender dysphoria or transgender issues.      

Phone: 01902 744 424

Email: info@gender-matters.org.uk

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