Victims of Crime

If you have been a victim of crime you have the right to receive a good service from us and other organisations in the criminal justice system.

You have key rights as a victim and these include:

  • Being kept informed about the case by the police at least monthly
  • Finding out when a suspect has been arrested, charged, bailed or sentenced
  • Having extra help when giving evidence in court if you are feeling vulnerable or intimidated
  • Being told when an offender will be released if they were sentenced to one year or more in prison for a violent or sexual offence
  • Being referred to Victim Support

Your legal rights are explained in a document called the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime.

What happens when you report a crime to us?

Once you report a crime to us we start our investigation and look for evidence.

You will be issued with a crime reference number for the incident, and we will also ask you if you want your contact details passed to Victim Support, who will contact you if you wish.

We speak with victims to collect as much information as possible, and this is then included in a written statement.

You will have to read the statement taken to ensure that it’s correct before you sign it.

We will also speak with witnesses and examine the scene of the crime for forensic evidence.

When the investigation process is complete, the case is passed to the Crown Prosecution Service who decides whether there is sufficient evidence and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute the offender.

Further information on the criminal justice system and the support services available to victims can be found on the Victim Support website.