Posted by Cumbria Together on 25 May 2021

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

The Victims' Code focuses on victims' rights and sets out the minimum standard that organisations must provide to victims of crime throughout the Criminal Justice Process.

The revised Victims Code of Practice came into effect on 1 April 2021.

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales (Victims' Code)

The revised Victims Code has structured victim entitlements into 12 over-arching rights with further detail, including timescales and other specifics, under each one.

Right 1 – To be able to understand and to be understood.

Right 2 – To have details of the crime recorded without unjustified delay.

Right 3 – To be provided with information when reporting the crime.

Right 4 – To be referred to services that support victims and have services and support tailored to your needs.

Right 5 – To be provided with information about compensation.

Right 6 – To be provided with information about the investigation and prosecution.

Right 7 – To make a Victim Personal Statement.

Right 8 – To be given information about the trial, trial process and your role as a witness.

Right 9 – To be given information about the outcome of the case and any appeals.

Right 10 – To be paid expenses and have property returned.

Right 11 – To be given information about the offender following a conviction.

Right 12 – To make a complaint about your Rights not being met.

Other useful information and documents for victims are available on the Ministry of Justice website:

Victims of Crime: Understanding the Support you can expect

Victims of crime: Understanding the support you can expect (web version)

 

Young Victims of Crime: Understanding the Support you can get

Young victims of crime: Understanding the support you should get

 

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime: Easy Read

 The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime - easy read