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.
Our research shows that nearly two-thirds of victims need help and that support can reduce their chances of suffering problems such as depression, absenteeism from work and family breakdown with all the hidden economic and social costs they bring.
We recognise that ministers are seeking to put victims' rights at the heart of the criminal justice system but call on them restore the principle of automatic referral which has served millions of people so very well.
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.
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