Victim Support IOM | New charity member article | May 2021

Victim Support Isle of Man is a company limited by guarantee (number 115229C) and also registered as an Isle of Man charity (number 963). It was set up over twenty-one years ago, with the following objects:

Date: Monday 17 May 2021

“The object of the Scheme shall be to relieve poverty, sickness and distress among persons who have suffered the same as a result of any criminal offences committed by any person or through any means whatever and the families of such persons who are in need, where such persons are resident within the Isle of Man.”

In practice, the charity offers free and confidential help to victims and witnesses of crime, their family, and friends. This includes adults, children, and young people affected by crime, death by road traffic accidents, unusual deaths, suicide, domestic and sexual violence, and abuse.

To access support users can either contact the charity directly or be referred by the Police, other local agencies/charities, or social services. The number of referrals to the charity is increasing each year. Last year saw 270 new clients being seen, in addition to the existing clients receiving ongoing support. This year the number of new clients is expected to be more than 300.

Why is being a member of Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce so important to your company?

It is important for us as a charity to raise awareness of Victim Support IOM/Witness Service and the vital emotional and practical support we provide to victims, witnesses and their families. These services would not be possible without the generosity of the companies on the island and Manx public.

We currently need to fundraise £90,000 per year to ensure the continuation of these services. We are hopeful that our membership with the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce will assist us with building our business relationships through networking opportunities.

Who is the main point of contact/representative re Chamber for your company?

Kerry Gascoyne
01624 679950