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Plans for a new National Victims’ Service unveiled

27 January 2010

The details of a new £8m National Victims’ Service were announced today by Justice Secretary Jack Straw. The service is part of a stage of reforms aimed at ensuring the justice system is firmly on the side of the law-abiding citizen.

The National Victims’ Service will guarantee all victims of crime and antisocial behaviour, referred by the police, more comprehensive and dedicated support. The first phase of the service begins in March and will help families bereaved by murder or manslaughter, providing intensive support, care and attention, tailored to their individual needs. This help will continue beyond the conclusion of any investigation or trial. From April 1 the service will roll out to all victims of crime across England and Wales.
Home Secretary Alan Johnson said, ‘The support of crime and antisocial behaviour victims is central to a fair and just criminal justice system. Following on from Sara Payne’s report into victims, this nationwide service will deliver an unrivalled support network eventually ensuring that every victim of crime has a single point of contact for emotional and practical support. This service will work alongside our recently announced antisocial behaviour victim champions, who will coordinate services for victims and witnesses at the local level.’

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