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Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime forms a key part of the wider Government strategy to transform the criminal justice system by putting victims first, making the system more responsive and easier to navigate. Victims of crime should be treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind. They should receive appropriate support to help them, as far as possible, to cope and recover and be protected from re-victimisation. It is important that victims of crime know what information and support is available to them from reporting a crime onwards and who to request help from if they are not getting it.

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Help For Victims

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Victims of crime: Understanding the support you can expect

If you have been a victim of crime, you are entitled to certain information and support from criminal justice organisations such as the police and the courts.

The Victims’ Code is a Government document which explains what you can expect from these organisations from the moment you report a crime until after a trial has finished. The whole document is available on this website but this leaflet summarises the key points.

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Easy Read Victims Code

This Easy Read booklet shows you what to do and the support you should get if you are a victim of crime.

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Victims’ Right to Review

This guidance sets out how victims can give effect to their right to seek a review of certain decisions taken by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

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