VICTIMS of sex crimes are to get more support, thanks to new Government plans.
Home Office minister Vernon Coaker has unveiled plans to create a network of expert advisors to support victims through every stage of the criminal justice process.
The £3m scheme will see 38 new independent sexual violence advisers in the UK, including one based in West Yorkshire.
The adviser will be a professionally-trained specialist and will work with victims from the time of the offence, throughout the legal process and beyond.
The West Yorkshire adviser will visit Kirklees Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre in Huddersfield; Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Helpline; Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre; and the Yorkshire and Humberside Halt in Leeds.
He or she will also liaise with victim and witness support organisations and health professionals.
Mr Coaker said: "The Government is committed to combatting sex offences.
"They are appalling crimes that devastate the lives of victims and their families and inspire fear in our communities.
"Advisers like the ones we are funding ensure that victims' needs and safety are the top priority for all agencies."
Julia Hodson, acting Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, said the move was a step forward.
She said: "We look forward to working with the adviser as we join to rebalance the system in favour of the victims and the law-abiding majority."