Victim Support is the Government's principal provider of support services to victims and witnesses of crime. The Office for Criminal Justice Reform (OCJR) provides them with grant in aid funding. This funding has nearly trebled from £11.7 million at the start of the financial year 1997–98 to £30 million in 2005–06.
OCJR's funding of Victim Support enables them to provide services to those affected by crime across the whole of England and Wales. Victim Support have an area-based structure, which is broadly similar to the Criminal Justice Areas.
Victim Support provide:
(i) support services, planned on an area basis, to victims of crime (including arson, burglary, crimes against children and young people, domestic violence, hate crimes, murder or manslaughter, racist crimes, rape and sexual assault, robbery, violent crime), their relatives and friends on the basis of referrals from police forces, self referral and referral from other sources;
(ii) support services, planned on an area basis, to prosecution and defence witnesses, their families and friends in the Crown court and magistrates courts; and
(iii) a centrally-based telephone helpline offering support to victims, witnesses, their families and friends.