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House of Commons Hansard
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06 March 2007
Volume 457
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28. To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress has been made in her policy of providing legal advice to rape victims; and if she will make a statement. [125140]

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The Victims' Advocate Scheme which applies to relatives of homicide victims is currently being piloted in five Crown courts. The scheme is being independently evaluated and no decisions will be taken about its future until it has been assessed. Over the past three years we have invested around £7 million in services for victims of sexual violence, including piloting independent sexual violence advisers to provide non-legal advocacy and support to victims.