Being a Victim of Crime can be a difficult and confusing experience! To help ease the process we aim throughout this website to give you information to help guide you through the Criminal Justice System...explaining the process, stage by stage.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM... www.cps.gov.uk/about/cjs.html
HELP & SUPPORT...Crime can affect people in many different ways. Often people are surprised by the emotions they feel as a victim of crime. Sometimes these emotions can come to the surface quite 'out of the blue' and can be very confusing. It is important to have access to the right information...clearly written in language 'you' can understand.
Code of Practice for Victims of Crime...launched on 3rd April, 2006 the Police are required to refer all cases of Burglary, Theft, Criminal Damage, Arson, Assault (other than Domestic Violence)...and Racial Harassment to Victim Support. If you would rather not be referred, tell the Police Officer dealing with your case. The code makes sure, for example, that you are kept up to date about what's happening with the crime you experienced. If you feel vulnerable or intimidated, it also sees that your needs are carefully considered.
In cases of Violent Crime...including Domestic Violence and Sexual Crimes, you will be asked if you wish to be referred to Victim Support. If you prefer, you may contact them yourself at a later date, at the Victim Support Supportline 08 08 16 89 111.
Further Help & Support...there are many other Organisations that can offer help and support to victims of crime.
NOTE: Further comprehensive information can be found on the 'Victims of Crime Useful Information' page of this website...'Benefits Entitlement' - 'Legal Support' and 'How to Make a Complaint'.
E. & O.E.