If you have been the victim of a crime and decide to report it to the police, it is important that you understand the steps that come next and how to receive the support you need.
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime, introduced in December 2013 and revised in November 2015, aims to make a victim's journey through the criminal justice process easier and clearer by outlining the support and information available to victims at each stage of the process.
The Victim Personal Statement Scheme gives victims an opportunity to explain how the crime has affected them, physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially or in any other way.
If you have been the victim or witness of a crime, you may be requested to attend court to give evidence.
The Victim Right to Review specifically relates to decisions not to prosecute and does not cover crime recording decisions or decisions not to continue with enquiries.
If you’ve been told that you might have to go to court as a witness, this is because you could be needed to ‘give evidence’ at a trial.
The Witness Care Unit is the single point of contact for victims and witnesses as the case progresses through the Criminal Justice System.
The Victim Contact Scheme (VCS) provides information to victims of serious and violent offences, where the offender is sentenced to 12 months or more in prison. The scheme, which is run by the National Probation Service, is also offered when the offender is detained as a mental health patient.
If you report a crime, but are unhappy with the service you receive, you should let the organisation know.
If you have been an innocent victim of a violent crime, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).
In an emergency call
In a non-emergency call
To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers
To report a hate crime anonymously call Stop Hate UK