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Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

Victims code
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Being a victim of crime can often be a distressing and alarming experience.

The new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, introduced in December 2013, aims to make a victim's journey through the Criminal Justice process easier and clearer by outlining the support and information available to victims at each stage of the process.

The Code of Practice or 'Victims' Code' as it is more commonly known was introduced by the government as a statutory document that criminal justice agencies such as the police and the courts must adhere to from the moment a crime is reported through to the end of the trial.

Under the new Victims' Code, support for victims of crime includes:

  • Being kept informed about the police investigation into the crime including if a suspect is arrested and charged and any bail conditions given
  • Being informed of what to expect if you need to give evidence in court and be able to discuss what help and support you might need with the Witness Care Unit
  • The ability to apply for special measures in court to help you give your best evidence if you are under 18 or an adult victim who is vulnerable or intimidated
  • Being able to join the Victim Contact Scheme which means you'll be told when an offender will be released, if they have been sentenced to a year or more in prison for a violent or sexual offence against you
  • Having the ability to apply for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
  • Receiving information about Restorative Justice which brings together the offender and the victim giving the victim a chance to tell the offender what the real impact of their crime has been
  • Being able to complain if you do not receive what you should under the Code and have the right for your complaint to be handled properly and quickly

If you have been a victim of business crime then please complete this Business Impact Statement and email it back to the officer dealing with your investigation. If you do not have the contact details of the investigating officer, please ring 101 and quote your crime number and our helpdesk staff will find out for you.

To find out more about how the code you can download a copy of the Victims of crime: Understanding the support you can expect leaflet here. There is also an easy read version of the leaflet available here.

Alternatively you can download a full copy of the Victims Code or find out more via Gov.uk here.

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