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Help for young victims of crime

PUBLISHED: 17:09 27 October 2008 | UPDATED: 12:07 03 July 2010

NORFOLK is one of five areas across the country to be awarded a share of nearly half a million pounds of government money to increase the support given to young victims of crime.

NORFOLK is one of five areas across the country to be awarded a share of nearly half a million pounds of government money to increase the support given to young victims of crime.

The new funding will be used to pilot a variety of schemes and could include drop-in sessions in schools that young people can go to for support, anonymous reporting though school intranet portals, campaigns to inform young people about special measures at court to encourage them to come forward as witnesses and providing one to one support for young victims who need it.

Links between the police, the courts, schools and the voluntary sector will be improved with the aim of making the criminal justice system less intimidating for young people. The projects will also aim to encourage greater reporting, less youth offending and better identification of individuals at risk.

The pilots will be run by a consortium of organisations including Norfolk's Youth Offending Team, Norfolk Constabulary and Victim Support over a six month period, starting next month.

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