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".
Being a victim of crime can be traumatic and we're worried that victims will fall through the cracks. We hope that police and crime commissioners, with their responsibilities for victims, will want to go further than this to ensure that all victims have the support they need, when they need it.
More top news
So-called legal highs are set to be banned en masse. But what are they, and why is this drastic move necessary?
The Swiss 79-year-old joined Fifa in 1975, with his reign as president starting in 1998. But who is he?
85% of products surveyed by the charity Action on Sugar were found to have more of the sweet stuff than Haribo.