Victims & Witnesses of Crime

Victims of crime
Once a  crime is reported to us, as a victim you will be issued with a crime case reference number.

Details will also be given to you about the Information for Victims of Crime leaflet  (click here for the Welsh version) which sets out what you can expect from the Criminal Justice System.

If applicable and if you require it, Victim Support may contact you to discuss any services and support that they can provide you with.

Further details on their services can be obtained from the Victim Support website.   

If you have been a victim of crime all agencies within the Criminal Justice System must ensure that you receive the support that you need.

As a victim of criminal conduct you have a number of key entitlements, these are detailed in the “Code of Practice for Victims of Crime” document (the webpage also includes Welsh, young persons, audio and easy-to-read versions).    The document also includes a flowchart that will explain in detail what you can expect at every stage whilst your case progresses through the criminal justice system.

Witnesses of crime
If you witness a crime or incident you may be asked to give evidence in court.

“The Witness Charter” informs you of the standards of care that you as a witness in the criminal justice system in England & Wales, can expect to receive (the webpage also includes Welsh and easy-read versions).

The document also includes a flowchart that will explain in detail what you can expect at every stage whilst the case, for which you are a witness, progresses through the criminal justice system.