What can I expect when I report a crime?
Under the Victim’s Code, you are entitled to receive the following from police:
- A needs assessment to help us to work out what support you need.
- Enhanced entitlements if you are a victim of a serious crime, a persistently targeted victim or a vulnerable or intimidated victim.
- Information on what to expect from the Criminal Justice System, (the courts).
- A referral to an organisation which support victims of crime.
- Updates about the police investigation. For example, if a suspect is arrested, charged and has any bail conditions.
- The opportunity to make a Victim Personal Statement, where appropriate, to explain how the crime has affected you.
- Subject to permission of the court, read your Victim Personal Statement out in court or have it read out on your behalf if the defendant is found or pleads guilty.
- Updates if the suspect is to be prosecuted or not, or given an out of court disposal.
- Information about how you can seek a review of Crown Prosecution Service decisions not to prosecute, to discontinue, or offer no evidence in all proceedings.
- Information about the time, date and location and outcome of court hearings, if you are asked to give evidence in court.
- Information on the Victim Contact Scheme if the offender is sentenced to 12 months or more for certain violent or sexual offences.
- Information about Restorative Justice and how you can take part.
- The opportunity to 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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