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Victims Of Crime

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of people who reported a crime to the police in 2001 were (a) sent or otherwise given a copy of the Victim of Crime leaflet and (b) visited by a volunteer from Victim Support or telephoned by Victim Support. [107306]

In general the police do not record statistics about the number of victims of crime who are given a copy of the Victims of Crime leaflet. However, all personal victims of reported crime should be given or sent a copy of the leaflet and, in 2001, some 2¾ million copies of the leaflet were distributed to police forces for that purpose.It is not known how many personal victims of crime reported the crime to the police. But in 2001–02 the total number of recorded crimes (all categories e.g. including fraud and public order offences) was 5,527,082. 1,257,089 victims were referred to Victim Support by the police, other agencies or self-referred. Victim Support contacted 295,658 victims by telephone; 159,693 were contacted by a home visit and 45,978 by an office visit.