A joint report by criminal justice watchdogs voices concern over "inappropriate use of police cautions".
Commenting on the findings, Mark Castle, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said: "While great strides have been made in ensuring that victims of crime are given the support they need and the respect they deserve, significant shortcomings remain.
"Failure to identify vulnerable victims, particularly those suffering domestic violence, an apparent lack of empathy and inadequate communication all occurring on a significant scale – are of particular concern.
“The failure of criminal justice agencies to fulfil their duties under the Victims’ Code further highlights the need for a Victims’ Law, which would give greater protection and rights to victims but must be properly monitored and enforced.”
Police across England and Wales are not adequately trained and prepared to combat so-called honour crime, inspectors say.
Mark Castle, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said: “Honour-based violence can have a devastating and long lasting impact on victims’ lives, in many cases causing life-changing harm.
“These victims are vulnerable and their cases are complex; it can be extremely difficult to make the brave decision to seek help. This is why it is so important that victims are given the right support as soon as they come forward, and that their cases are treated with the utmost sensitivity, regardless of where they live."
If you've been affected by honour-based crime and need support, get in touch: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-victim…upportline
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Figures released yesterday in the Victims’ Commissioner’s report suggest that tens of thousands of victims are not being offered the chance to make a VPS each year.
Mark Castle, Chief Executive of Victim Support, said: “The right to make a VPS must be upheld by all criminal justice agencies and there must be a mechanism to effectively hold them to account."
Our You & Co team are delivering anti-bullying workshops in schools and colleges as part of this year's Anti-Bullying Week.
After a great response during the first day of workshops, Aaron is looking forward to continuing his week-long programme at one London school, saying: "...there was some exciting debate with everyone getting very involved and expressing strong opinions".
You & Co is Victim Support's youth programme that helps children and young people cope with the impact of crime. Find out more at youandco.org.uk
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic events in Paris on Friday.
If you have been affected and require immediate emotional support, you can call our dedicated free helpline on 0808 168 9285 (open 24 hours).
If you are concerned about family members and friends who may have been directly affected, call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office helpline on 020 7008 1500.
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Every year, we offer support to over one million people affected by crime across England and Wales.
If you've been affected by crime and need support or advice, get in touch.
An official report has been released today by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) into the treatment of vulnerable victims at court. In one third of cases examined in the report, vulnerable victims were not properly dealt with by police and prosecutors.
Mark Castle, chief executive of Victim Support said: “It is very concerning that in so many cases the police and prosecutors are failing to identify the needs of vulnerable people.
“Improvements must be made so that victims and witnesses have access to the ‘special measures’ that are available, to help them give their best evidence in court.
“All agencies involved in the criminal justice system need a good understanding of vulnerability and how this may impact on the support needs of victims and witnesses – they deserve to be given the very best level of support before, during and after court.”
We’re supporting the EU Directive on Victims of Crime, which comes into force on 16 November and will help more than 75 million victims of crime across Europe every year.
Help raise awareness of the new law and victims’ rights by joining Victim Support Europe’s Thunderclap!
We're looking for a Research Analyst to join our policy team in London - deadline 6 November #charityjobs https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/work-us/job…yst-london
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"Victims should never feel or be made to feel that they were responsible for the appalling crime they suffered"
Last week’s crime figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal over 7 million incidents of fraud and cyber crime over the past year.
During #GetSafeOnline week, visit the Get Safe Online website for advice on protecting yourself online.
You don't have to report a crime to the police to talk to us. Our supportline is open weeknights & weekends https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-victim…upportline
Never give anyone your bank pin or National Insurance number.
Change passwords regularly and install the latest anti-virus protection on all your devices.
Remember: if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Read more of our top 5 fraud prevention tips here: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-victims/ive-been-affected/fraud