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Victim Support

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims were supported by Victim Support in each of the last five years; and of these, what percentage were victims bereaved as a result of a criminal offence. (113266)

In 2005-06 almost 1.4 million people were referred to Victim Support for help. Of these 1,094 or 0.07 per cent. were as a result of homicide (from Victim Support’s annual report 2005-06. Victim Support’s definitions of homicide are murder, attempted murder, threat or conspiracy to murder, manslaughter, and infanticide and child destruction).

This is an increase in referrals from 2004-05 when nearly 1.3 million people were referred to Victim Support. Of these, 1,168 or 0.09 per cent. were as a result of homicide.

In 2005-06, 642 people were referred to Victim Support as a result of road death (including victims of criminal offences and non-criminal offences). The previous year the number was 947.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what victim groups have received money from the Victims fund since it was set up in 2004, broken down by type of crime; how much in each year has been provided for each group since 2004; and whether there are plans to extend the range of victims’ groups eligible for support. (113315)

Since it opened the Victims Fund has focused on supporting victims of sexual violence and abuse. It was opened with £4 million distributed over two years (2004-06) and this year we invested an additional £1.25 million into the fund. The Victims Fund has been used to resource a wide range of provisions including: £3.25 million directly into voluntary and community sector organisations; the development of sexual assault referral centres; a care and evidence training package; and a free publication entitled “From Report to Court: A Legal Handbook for Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence”. We will make announcements in due course about the scope and arrangements for the 2007-08 Victims Fund grant scheme.