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New road crime bereavement support code praised

By Kyle Linsay
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 15:30

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TRAGEDY: Brake welcome victim support

Brake have welcomed the government’s revision of the Victims’ Code, which aims to ensure bereaved road crime victims can access appropriate support.

The new Code recognises bereaved road crime victims as victims of serious crime with particular support needs, who should be referred to appropriate support.

Through their forgotten victims campaign, Brake have campaigned for help from government for all families who suffer bereavement or serious injury in a road crash, to ease suffering and help them cope.

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive at Brake, said: “We welcome the new Victims’ Code as a positive step in recognising the appalling suffering that bereaved road crash victims endure, and ensuring they can access appropriate support.

“In the terrible aftermath of a serious crash, it should not be left to reeling and traumatised families to seek out the help they need – yet this has been the reality for many.

“Specialist information, guidance and comfort should be offered, from the outset, to these families, so they feel cared for and are supported through their worst nightmares come true.

“We know the support we provide to thousands of crash victims every year is hugely valued and critical in enabling them to cope with the appalling circumstances they find themselves in – including dealing with extreme emotions and often bewildering practical matters, such as navigating the criminal justice system.

“We hope this new Code will mean road crash victims are better able to access the specialist support they need.”

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