About the Bill

Unsupported victims find it hard to act as witnesses

If victims do not have a guarantee of sustained support they are unlikely to feel safe and secure enough to give evidence to police investigations. Cases have been reported of victims becoming homeless after leaving the safe house and police being unable to trace them to take their testimony.

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has warned that “one of the best forms of intelligence and information is from the victims, and if we are continually letting them down, how are we ever going to get the prosecutions and the confidence of victims to come forward?