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Crime: Victims

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what support her Department provides for victims of crime. (141130)

The Government provide a wide range of emotional, practical and financial support to victims of crime.

The code of practice for victims of crime gives victims a statutory right to receive information, support and advice about their case.

The Government fund the voluntary organisation, Victim Support, £30 million annually to provide a nationwide service of practical and emotional support to victims and witnesses of crime. Last year almost 1.4 million people were referred to Victim Support.

The Victims' Fund, established in 2004, has so far distributed £5.25 million to fund specialist support services.

The Government fund the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which awards about £170 million annually in financial compensation to blameless victims of violent crime (including terrorism).

In addition there are 165 witness care units in England and Wales, ensuring that witnesses receive a tailor-made service from the point of reporting a crime, so that they are supported through the court process.