The inquest into the death of a concert violinist has prompted the assistant chief executive of Victim Support to call an urgent inquiry into how the criminal justice system treats victims of crime with mental health issues.
Adam Pemberton said: "It is appalling that Frances Andrade did not get the help she needed to cope with the trauma of the sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager."
A coroner had earlier criticised mental health services for "failing" to provide proper care to Andrade, who died of an overdose just days after giving evidence against her predatory former choirmaster.
Pemberton said: "We believe there is an urgent need for an inquiry into how the criminal justice system treats victims of crime who have mental health issues, matching recent efforts to help the people who commit those crimes who have mental health needs."
He added: "It's critical that vulnerable victims and witnesses get the right support and information about the progress of their cases. Without this we fear more cases will end in tragedy."
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