I'm delighted to have been invited to talk about my writing and my marine mystery crime novels to the staff and volunteers of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Victim Support Services on Tuesday 27 March.
Victim Support is a national charity which provides free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone affected across England and Wales. They also speak out as a national voice for victims and witnesses and campaign for change. They are not a government agency or part of the police and you don't have to report a crime to the police to get their help. They are available to help any time after the crime has happened, whether it was yesterday, last week or several years ago.
I know from personal experience in my family that the trauma of being a victim of violent crime never goes away. It can remain as painful in thirty, forty and over fifty years later.
Victim Support has offices throughout England and Wales and run the Witness Service in every criminal court. The charity is built on volunteers and needs to raise money in order to be able to operate. You can find out more about volunteering and donating on their website.
I’m very much looking forward to meeting the staff and volunteers of Victim Support in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.