The Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, has recently announced details of a new National Victims’ Service. This service has been set up to give victims of crime the same kind of one-to-one attention that offenders receive through the probation service. The service, which will be delivered in partnership with Victim Support, will initially concentrate on families whose lives have been torn apart by murder or manslaughter. Families will be given a named, dedicated, professional support worker who will meet regularly with them to identify their needs and liaise with the authorities, including the NHS, on their behalf. From 1 April 2010, the service will also be rolling out for all victims of crime across England and Wales.

Jack Straw’s speech, announcing details of the new National Victims' Service can be accessed here.