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Minister opens new help centre for victims

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A new Victim Support drop-in centre which will help victims of crime in Leicester was opened by Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt.

A new Victim Support drop-in centre which will help victims of crime in Leicester was opened by Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt.

The charity, which is mainly funded by the Ministry of Justice, is one of the largest victims’ organisations in the world and the new centre will help the 30,000 victims of crime referred on by Leicestershire Police.

Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, said:

‘I am pleased to open Victim Support’s first drop-in centre because receiving prompt, specialist advice and support when needed can make a positive difference to victims of crime. It marks a move away from a non-specific offer of help to all victims to targeting real support to those in need.

‘The Government is determined to provide victims and witnesses with the help and support they need to recover from crime, and our plans to ensure this happens are set out in our new consultation - Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses.’

Mick Studley, Divisional Manager for Victim Support Leicester, said:

‘This victims’ centre is the first in the country to be high-profile on the high street, giving victims a focal point where they can just call in. The atmosphere is really calming, relaxing and welcoming. We are extremely pleased that the Minister has taken time from his busy schedule to officially open our centre.’

View the consultation.