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Legislation changes

Details of any recent legislation changes that impact on victims and/or witnesses of crime.

The government created the role of Victims' Commissioner in 2012 to promote the interests of victims and witnesses, encourage good practice in their treatment, and regularly review the Code of Practice for Victims which sets out the services victims can expect to receive.

The Victims' Commissioner works with the Ministry of Justice.

http://victimscommissioner.org.uk/

The government appointed a Victim's Minister in 2012, the responsibilities and policies delivered to date are below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/ministers/minister-of-state-policing-and-criminal-justice

On 13 November 2012, 41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales to oversee how crime is dealt with in their community.

PCCs are responsible for commissioning the majority of support services for victims, taking account of the needs of their local community.  To understand more about PCC's please see below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/helping-and-supporting-victims-of-crime

The Directive 2012/29/EU establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.  It ensures that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised, treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice.

The EU Member States must implement the provisions of the Directive into their national laws by 16 November 2015.

http://ec.europa.eu/justice/criminal/victims/index_en.htm

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police will be implementing a Victims Right to Review (VRR) scheme from the 1st April 2015.  Further updates will be made here in due course reference the Police VRR.