Service will offer legal, psychological and social assistance

Valencian Councillor for Justice Gabriela Bravo

Orihuela and Torrevieja will get an Office to Assist Victims of Offences as part of the network the Valencian Government has agreed to set up, which will have 21 of them around the Valencian Community.

It will offer citizens comprehensive legal, psychological and social assistance if they have been victims of or witnesses to an offence.

This is a pioneering project in Spain designed to provide victims with all the help they need to guide them through the judicial process and give them the psychological and social help they need to get over a traumatic incident.

Of the 21 offices being set up, there will be one in the three provincial capitals of Alicante, Valencia and Castellón, as well as in Alzira, Sueca, Gandia, Xàtiva, Paterna, Requena, Sagunto, Torrent, Catarroja, Alcoi, Benidorm, Dènia, Elche, Elda, Orihuela, Torrevieja, Vila-Real and Vinaròs.

The ones in Castellón, Valencia, Alicante and Elche, will have a multidisciplinary team of lawyers, psychologists, social workers and criminologists. These teams will also support the local offices.

The network has been assigned an initial budget of €1.1 million for 2017.

It will pay special attention to victims of gender violence and could be used to coordinate retraining orders in cases of domestic violence. There will also be special protocol for dealing with children, the physically or mentally disabled, socially vulnerable people, victims of people trafficking, sexual assaults and hate crimes and those affected by the Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship.

The offices will also be able to offer advice about the possibility of extrajudicial mediation in cases where this is legally possible.

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