Seminar to discuss the Government's National Victims Service - 10 February 2010

Cathy Keeler, Brake’s deputy chief executive, attended a seminar organised by Victim Support to discuss developments in the new National Victims’ Service, announced by Justice Secretary Jack Straw at the Labour Party conference in September 2009.

Victim Support outlined a draft model for the homicide service it has been commissioned to provide. It plans to employ case workers to support families bereaved by homicide, who will be supported by volunteers.

A major part of Victim Support’s role will be to contract support and other services from a number of ‘approved’ service providers, including other organisations supporting people bereaved by homicide. However, the arrangements for contracting services from other organisations is, as yet, unclear.

People bereaved in road crashes will not be supported through the homicide service when it is launched, but the Ministry of Justice is keen to explore possibilities for expansion of the service to bereaved road crash victims in future. Brake will continue to lobby the Government for road crash victims to be included in support provided through the National Victims’ Service, with Brake acting as an ‘approved’ provider of support services.