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Additional funding for rape and domestic abuse support

Ministers have confirmed a funding boost for victims of rape and domestic abuse.

Nearly £11 million will be awarded to a range of services offering practical and emotional help – allowing organisations to recruit more staff, adapt to remote counselling methods during the pandemic and keep helplines open for longer.

In addition, Ministers have announced a further £7 million will go towards a range of innovative programmes aimed at perpetrators, designed to prevent domestic abuse from happening in the first place.

The package of support includes:

In addition, the Government says that victims of all crimes will benefit from a clearer set of rights regarding the support they should receive from the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies.

The new Victims' Code sets out 12 key overarching rights, which are intended to be clear, concise and easy to understand.  It will come into force on 1 April 2021 and includes a new right for eligible victims to be automatically referred to the Victim Contact Scheme as well as greater rights for victims of mentally disordered offenders.

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