Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

Justice written question – answered on 27th February 2013.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much funding his Department provides to victims to support them in testifying in sexual assault cases, by region.

Photo of Helen Grant Helen Grant The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

The data requested is not recorded by either the Ministry of Justice or Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Rape and sexual violence are devastating crimes and the Government is committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses have access to the support they need. In 2012-13 the MOJ is providing £38 million core funding to Victim Support for the provision of emotional and practical support for all victims and witnesses. This funding includes the provision of a Witness Service in every criminal court in England and Wales. In addition, the Ministry of Justice is providing over £3.2 million funding for rape support services for women and girls over the age of 13 in 2012-13. We will consult on a revised Victims' code this spring. The draft Code is intended to give victims clearer entitlements and to better tailor support services to individual need, including for victims of rape and sexual violence.

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