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Crime: Victim Support Services

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he has taken to provide a comprehensive range of support services for victims of crime as set out in Rebuilding Lives—Supporting the Victims of Crime since the publication of that document. (213180)

Since the publication of Rebuilding Lives—Supporting Victims of Crime, the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) has piloted victim care units in three areas with the national charity Victim Support. Following the success of these pilots, OCJR has invested in Victim Support to rollout Victim Support Plus across England and Wales (£5.6 million in 2007-08 and £7 million in 2008-09).

Victim Support Plus expands and improves the way in which support services are accessed by victims. It introduces a process of support that means victims receive a telephone call from a victim care officer to assess their needs within 48 hours of referral from the police. It makes support services to victims easier to access, more consistent and practical, and tailored to victims’ needs—so the right services can be provided to victims who need them, when they need them.