Javed Khan, chief executive of independent charity Victim Support, has said that police forces in the UK need to improve their reporting of child abuse crimes in order to build up a more accurate national picture:
Victim Support, who advises West Yorkshire Police on sex abuse and who have helped Savile victims, has welcomed the force's report but said it is "disturbing" that none of Savile’s victims in the region felt able to contact officers about their complaints while he was still alive
Ministry of Justice figures show that up to 259,000 victims of burglary and up to 18,000 victims of robbery each year would not be routinely offered the help they want if these proposals go ahead, Victim Support said.
The charity said independent research also shows that 58% of victims need support regardless of the crime type.
Victim Support assistant chief executive Adam Pemberton said the charity welcomed many changes to the proposed code but had "serious concerns" with plans to limit automatic referral.
He said there was a 'very real risk' that people who have been burgled, robbed and assaulted will 'fall through the cracks' and suffer more unnecessary trauma as a result.
A new code for victims drawn up by the Government risks seeing up to 700,000 people who have been burgled, robbed and assaulted "fall through the cracks".
Victim Support said plans to limit automatic referral to support services will make it difficult for people to "get the help they need".
All victims are currently automatically offered support once they have experienced a crime, but in 80% of cases they do not take it up.
Under the new code, ministers have proposed restricting automatic referral to those who have suffered a "serious" offence and those deemed vulnerable by being under 18, mentally ill or persistently targeted.
Charities are warning that crime victims will no longer be referred to victims' services under new plans proposed today by the Government.
Currently, all victims are offered support once they experience a crime, but 80 per cent of them do not take it up.
Instead, automatic help will now be offered by the Ministry of Justice to those who "most need it".
Almost five years ago Brooke Kinsella's brother Ben was murdered on a London street.
Brooke has today unveiled today as the new ambassador for Victim Support.
She said: "I'm so proud to be named first ambassador."
Speaking to Daybreak she thanked the work of Victim Support, "I can never put into words what they have done for my family."
Prisoners who took jobs outside jail have lost their High Court claim that a levy on their wages which goes to victim support is too high.
A judge in London rejected "on all grounds" their challenge to the legality of the way Justice Secretary Ken Clarke is operating rules governing deductions from pay packets.
The test case action affects inmates working in the community as they prepare for their release and to "go straight".
A couple whose daughter was killed in a violent attack have expressed their dismay at Government plans to change the way Victim Support is funded.
Trevor and Sheila Fairhurst's daughter Carly was killed by her boyfriend.
When they heard that funding for the counselling service was drying up they set up the Carly Fund to help others in need of support.
Victim Support are campaigning against government plans to hand their funds to 41 new elected police chiefs.
The charity claims the move will set up a giant bureaucracy and papertrail, meaning it will have to apply for money 41 times around the country, potentially creating a postcode lottery for victims.
Javed Khan is chief exec of Victims Support