The Government’s proposals in ‘Getting it right for victims and witnesses‘ contain some good ideas. But Victim Support is very concerned about one key element of these plans.
The Government wants new Police and Crime Commissioners to organise and fund virtually all help for victims and witnesses. Victim Support thinks these plans are unworkable, damaging and dangerous because they will mean:
Over £21m which should be spent on help for victims being wasted on paper pushing and form filling. This is the equivalent of losing intensive support for 25,000 victims of domestic violence and the installation of 15,000 home alarm kits for victims of burglary.
Patchy local services with some victims receiving little or no support when they need it most.
Risking the break up of Victim Support’s network of 7000 volunteers who provide support in the communities where they live.
We would like your help to persuade the Government to change its mind by signing up to our e-petition calling on the Government to reconsider its plans. Please sign it and share it with friends, family and colleagues. The more signatures we have, the more pressure we can put on the Government.
If you would like to know more you can read our full response to the Government’s plans at www.victimsupport.org.uk.