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Charities have cautiously welcomed the government's proposed changes to the Victims' Code, but say they are concerned that individuals will miss out on crucial support.
Under the current system all victims are referred to specialist services once they experience a crime, but the Ministry of Justice is proposing focusing on "the most needy".
The Chief Executive of Victim Support Javen Khan said "being a victim of crime can be traumatic and we're worried that victims will fall through the cracks".
The Victims' Minister Helen Grant says that the government will push for a new code of practice which would enshrine the rights of victims to receive extra help and support.
People who have made complaints of sexual assault would be entitled to specialist care before trial under the new proposals.
The Parliamentary Ombudsman Dame Julie Mellor claims that the victims of crime are being put under "extreme duress" because of a lack of awareness of their rights.
The Victim's Code tells people what they can expect from the moment they report a crime to the end of a trial.
The government is unveiling new proposals to update the Code which would give extra support to the victims of the most serious offences and also offer specialist support to young people.