The government has launched a £1m programme to help victims of anti-social behaviour and crime.

The scheme, unveiled by Home Secretary Theresa May, aims to provide a voice for those who have been affected by crime. The government will work with charity Victim Support to create a network that will hear directly from victims about their experiences through public meetings, links with victims' groups and discussions with residents in high-crime areas.

It will also advise Police Crime Commissioners on local issues and victims' needs.

May said: "Crime and anti-social behaviour blights communities and can make people's lives a misery."

She added that government was looking at new ways of beating anti-social behaviour. "We are consulting on a new way to tackle anti-social behaviour, including giving residents the power to compel local agencies to take action against repeat offenders."

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