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.
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.