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The Government's Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

Legislation on how you can expect to be treated by the police as a victim of crime or incident.

A new Code of Practice for Victims of Crime came into force on the 10th December 2013. The Code of Practice aims to improve victims' contact with all criminal justice agencies, including the police by providing you with the support and information you need from the moment the crime is reported to the end of the trial.

Reporting a crime typically marks the start of a victim's contact with the criminal justice system. From this point onwards, victims will often come into contact with a range of criminal justice agencies such as the police, courts and probation services.

The new Code states that extra support should be given to those victims who need us, such as victims of the most serious crime, those who are persistently targeted and those who are vulnerable and/or intimidated. It also includes new sections aimed at businesses and young victims of crime.

For the first time, victims are now entitled to choose to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) and to read it out in court if the offender is found guilty. The VPS lets victims explain how the crime has affected them physically, emotionally or in any other way. The judge can then take this in to account when deciding on the sentence.

Find out much more about the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime here.