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Victim Support Sheffield - MPs Focus Day

Friday, November 14, 2003

Meg Munn MP was happy today to meet members of staff and volunteers at Victim Support Sheffield as part of MPs Victim Support Focus Day.

The day has been designed to encourage every MP to meet their local Victim Support representatives and volunteers.

Sarah North of Victim Support Sheffield said

“2003 is an important year for Victim Support Sheffield as not only are we celebrating 10 years of the Witness Service but also 27 years of the Community Scheme. Last year we directly helped 7364 people from Sheffield both in the community and through the court process. We welcome this opportunity to talk directly to Meg about our work and how we support individuals, families and communities to overcome the effects of crime.”

Speaking from their offices in Vicar Lane, Meg said

“I am pleased that we are doing so much more to support victims, both immediately following a crime and ongoing if they have to give evidence in court. The role of Victim Support in working directly with victims is enormously important. In Sheffield Victim Support prioritises its support to victims of crime against the person and I really value the skill they have built up to support our citizens.”


Notes to the editor

Since 1997 we (the government) have more than doubled the grant to Victim Support, set up the Victims Advisory Panel, introduced a victim personal statement scheme and placed a statutory duty on the National Probation Service to consult with and notify victims of serious crime about release arrangements of offenders.

But these are just the first steps. We will bring forward legislation, which will introduce a Victims’ Code of Practice and the first independent Commissioner for victims and witnesses, who will champion their rights and help keep up the momentum for change and improvement.


Over the last 6 years we have:

?     Doubled the level of funding for Victims support from £11.7m in 1996-7 to £30m for 2003/4.

?        Created the new virtual victim’s walkthrough website to enable victims to access a wide range of online information about the criminal justice system and their role in it, including sources of information on advice and support. This aims to ensure that victims feel supported and appreciated in the CJS.

?        Supported Victim Support in its development of its new Witness Service, which now extends to all magistrates’ courts, as well as Crown Courts. The service offers personal support in court to more than 120,000 victims and witnesses each year.

?        Introduced the Victim Personal Statement in October 2001. These statements, which explain the emotional, financial and other effects of a crime on a victim, are read by everybody who makes decisions about the case as it progresses, giving victims a voice throughout the system.

?        Established a Victims’ Advisory Panel, to provide a victim perspective at the heart of policy making.

?        Invested £11m in the Crown Prosecution Service to enable them to communicate prosecution decisions direct to victims.

?        Put the work done by the probation service with victims of serious offenders onto a legal footing.

?        Introduced Community Legal Service partnerships which provide a better infrastructure of advice, from which victims of crime and anti-social behaviour can benefit.


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