MoJ – Potential Devolution of Victim and Witness Services

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) sought views on the potential for further devolution of support services for victims and witnesses. Support services for victims and witnesses are currently commissioned under a mixed, national-local model. While some services are commissioned and funded nationally, since April 2015, the majority of support services for victims of crime have been commissioned by PCCs. The purpose of the consultation was to explore whether this mixed model remains the best approach for victims and witnesses or whether a greater devolution of victims’ support services should be considered.  The nationally commissioned and funded services provide support for:

  • Adult victims of modern slavery;
  • Families bereaved by homicide and road traffic crime;
  • Victims of terrorism;
  • Victims of female and male rape and sexual violence; and
  • Victims and witnesses at criminal courts.

PCC's Response

The PCC's response to the consultation can be viewed here.