Pub operators and drinks manufacturers could be forced to contribute to funding for support for victims of violent crime, under proposals being considered by the Home Office. David Blunkett, the home secretary, plans to launch a National Victims Fund, increasing the range of services available to those on the receiving end of violent crime. Alongside proposals to make criminals contribute more towards compensation and counselling for their victims, Blunkett is aiming to work in partnership with the drinks industry and its insurers, creating local victims' schemes. "We want compensation to victims to be targeted in the right way, and to come from the most appropriate sources," Blunkett said.