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".
– Javed Khan, Victim Support chief executive
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.