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News - 24 April 2012
Victims and witnesses of anti-social behaviour need support too
Responding to the government’s proposals for delivering a “more intelligent and coherent service for victims of crime” the Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group has urged government to widen its field of vision to include victims and witnesses of anti-social behaviour.
SLCNG’s Managing Director, Eamon Lynch, said: “We believe strongly that victims and witnesses in civil matters should be prioritised equally alongside those involved with the criminal justice system.
Research and government policy statements evidence that the demarcation between crime and anti-social is frequently blurred and practically artificial.
Victims and witnesses must not be disadvantaged (in terms of support) simply because it is non-criminal justice interventions that are invoked to resolve their issues. Victims and witnesses in civil matters are often as vulnerable as those involved in criminal proceedings and they frequently have the same support needs.
Further details please visit SLCNG's website
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