Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has been appointed as the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Victims and Witnesses of Crime.
The Labour politician won the position following a ballot of MPs from all political parties.
Her involvement with the group – which aims to promote the rights and interests of victims of crime – comes after her recent campaigning on behalf of the victims of child sexual abuse, which has recently seen a change in the law on child grooming.
The Victims and Witnesses of Crime group addresses issues including the process of giving evidence, what rights should be put in place for victims and witnesses, and what support should be given to victims of crime and witnesses.
Ms Champion said: “I am excited to become the new chair. I have already spoken in Parliament many times on this sensitive policy area, most recently supporting new ideas around how vulnerable witnesses give evidence.
“I am looking forward to the year ahead and hope to bring about a real change to the experiences of victims and witnesses of crime. Too often the voice of victims goes unheard because they are too traumatised or scared to speak up.”