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Warning over victims' treatment

Lack of awareness of the Victims' Code by people working in the criminal justice system is placing some crime victims under extreme duress and leading to injustices, a watchdog has warned today.

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Government: 'Victims must be given more support'

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.

Victims must have more help navigating a confusing and often intimidating criminal justice system. Too often they tell us they feel they are treated as an afterthought or that the 'system' made their already horrific experience worse.

I have always been clear we must put a stop to this, and make sure victims of crime are treated with the care they deserve. This total revamp of the Victims' Code has been one of my main priorities and I have heard from victims just how important getting this right is.

Victims will now be able to understand and prepare themselves for their entire journey through the criminal justice system, from reporting the crime to after the trial. It easily explains what they should expect from the system and who to demand help from if it is not being provided.

– Helen Grant MP, Victims' Minister

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