The Vulnerable Person’s Champion (VPC) received a referral for a vulnerable elderly resident of the district who had been the victim of a distraction burglary at her home address. A substantial amount of money had been stolen in addition to numerous items of significant emotional importance. The crime had dramatically exacerbated the victims existing low mood and anxiety which had been caused by the recent passing of her husband. She also felt embarrassed, angry and vulnerable to future attacks.


Following a home visit, it became clear that
the VPC could assist the victim in a number
of ways.

Practically, the VPC assisted the victim with matters relating to their home insurance, spoke in depth about property safety, provided no cold-caller stickers and also facilitated a visit from a crime prevention officer. Following this visit, a home security grant was agreed which resulted in door chains, security light and doorbell operated CCTV being fitted to their property. The victim stated that this was a huge step in helping to allay their concerns.

Emotionally, the VPC assisted the victim by enabling her to be able to talk to someone about the crime and the concerns stemming from it. At this point, it became apparent to the

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 VPC that, in addition to the burglary, the victim was struggling to cope with the loss of her husband and was becoming increasingly lonely and isolated. The VPC referred the victim to ‘Cruse’ to help with her mourning, assisted her in obtaining a pass to the leisure centre and made her aware of numerous community groups that she could attend.

Following the work of the VPC and partner agencies, the victim feels far safer and less vulnerable to future crime. She has also stated that her emotional health has hugely improved as her loneliness and isolation have been dramatically reduced as a result of visiting the leisure centre and making new friends through attending local community meetings
and groups.


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