Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

As a victim of crime you have a number of entitlements. Below is an indicative list of key entitlements

contained within Chapters 1 to 3 of the Code. This is not an exhaustive list and will not be applicable to all victims.

You are entitled to:

A written acknowledgement that you have                            An enhanced service if you are a victim of

reported a crime, including the basic details of                      serious crime, a persistently targeted victim or

the offence;                                                                                    a vulnerable or intimidated victim;

A needs assessment to help work out what                            Information on what to expect from the

support you need;                                                                        criminal justice system;

Be referred to organisations supporting                                  Make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) to

victims of crime;                                                                            explain how the crime affected you;


Be informed about the police investigation,                             Read your VPS aloud or have it read aloud on

such as if a suspect is arrested and charged                            your behalf, subject to the views of the court,

and any bail conditions imposed;                                               if a defendant is found guilty;

Be informed if the suspect is to be prosecuted                        Seek a review of the police or CPS's decision

or not or given an out of court disposal;                                    not to prosecute in accordance with the

                                                                                                           National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) and

                                                                                                           CPS Victims' Right to Review schemes;


Be informed of the time, date and location                             Be informed if you need to give evidence in    and outcome of any court hearings;                                          court, what to expect and discuss what help 

                                                                                                          and support you might need with the Witness

                                                                                                          Care Unit;   

Arrange a court familiarisation visit and enter                      Meet the CPS advocate and ask him or her

the court through a different entrance from                            questions about the court process where

the suspect and sit in a separate waiting area                         circumstances permit;

where possible;

Be informed of any appeal against the                                     To opt into the Victim contact Scheme (VCS)

offender’s conviction or sentence;                                              if the offender is sentenced to 12 months or

                                                                                                          more for a specified violent or sexual offence

If you opt in to the VCS to:

make a VPS for consideration by the Parole                             Make representations about the conditions

Board if the offender is considered for                                       attached to the offender's licence on

release or transfer and apply to the Parole                                release and be informed about any licence

Board to read it out at the hearing;                                              conditions relating to you;

Apply for compensation under the Criminal                            Receive information about Restorative Justice

Injuries Compensation Scheme;                                                 and how you can take part

Make a complaint if you do not receive the

information and services you are entitled

to, and to receive a full response from the

relevant service provider.



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