View the full Victims Code of Practice (VCOP) here
The code provides victims of crime with 12 key rights:
- To be able to understand and to be understood
You have the right to be given information in a way that is easy to understand and to be provided with help to be understood, including, where necessary, access to interpretation and translation services.
- To have the details of the crime recorded without unjustified delay
You have the right to have details of the crime recorded by the police as soon as possible after the incident. If you are required to provide a witness statement or be interviewed, you have the right to be provided with additional support to assist you through this process.
- To be provided with information when reporting the crime
You have the right to receive written confirmation when reporting a crime, to be provided with information about the criminal justice process and to be told about programmes or services for victims. This might include services where you can meet with the suspect or offender, which is known as Restorative Justice.