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Short Update: UK Ministry of Justice increases funding for victim and witness helplines

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice

The Ministry of Justice announced a reallocation of £600,000 to ensure that helplines for victims and witnesses can deal with a surge in demand in light of reduced face-to-face support due to social distancing measures. The extra funds will allow helplines to stay open longer and employ more support workers to handle calls. It will also help fund the technology needed for other forms of contact such as video calls as well as a new online chat service and digital hub run by Victim Support. Six organisations, including ones devoted to helping victims of sexual and domestic abuse, which together cover the whole of the United Kingdom, will benefit from the funding. 

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