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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 decide to report the crime later on.

VEV is supported by West Midlands Police but is managed by Victim Support and is entirely independent from the police. VEV-trained workers at SWA have 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

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.

VEV service is completely confidential (The VEV Project adheres to Adult and Child Safeguarding) and free of charge.

What happens to the photographs?

The photographs will be stored securely and confidentially for future use, and can be kept for up to 6 years.

The evidence can be used for reporting crime to the police at a later stage, and in any criminal proceedings as a result. It can also be used in civil proceedings (for example to get an injunction), or to support a claim for criminal injuries compensation.

You are able to decide when and if the photographs are used, and if you no longer wish them to be kept, you can consent to them being destroyed.

For more information about the service please follow the link www.vev.org.uk

 

 

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