What is the Victims' Code?

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime sets out your rights if you're a victim of crime. It also sets the minimum standards that we must provide to you.

You may hear it called the Victims' Code.


What are my main rights?

Under the Victims' Code, you have the right to:

  • be able to understand and to be undersood
  • have the details of the crime recorded without unjustified delay
  • be provided with information when reporting the crime
  • be referred to services that support victims and have services and support tailored to your needs
  • be provided with information about compensation
  • be provided with information about the investigation and prosecution
  • make a victim personal statement. View a guide to making one.
  • be given information about the trial, trial process and your role as a witness
  • be given information about the outcome of the case and any appeals
  • be paid expenses and have property returned
  • be given information about the offender following a conviction
  • make a complaint about your Rights not being met

Where can I find more information?

To find out more information, visit the government website.

You can also view this video:

Advice and Guidance

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 details of the investigating officer, please contact us, quote your crime number and our staff will find out for you.

Find out more about the support you can expect. You can also view an easy read version of the leaflet.

You can download a full copy of the Victims' Code, or find out more.

We also have put together guides for different people and stages of the criminal justice process. View a guide for: 



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