Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic and stressful experience in itself and if you chose to report the experience, the processes that follow can also sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important that you receive the appropriate support from the moment you report a crime, right through to the end of any court trial.
Everyone who makes up the Criminal Justice System is committed to providing a good service. The details of their commitment are set out in a legal document known as the ‘Code of Practice for Victims of Crime’.
Below is an overview of the Victim’s Code, but you can also download the full version and a helpful Beacon leaflet about your rights from the ‘Resources’ section of this website. If you contact Beacon, we can guide you towards getting the support you’re entitled to.
Who is entitled to receive help?
Anyone who has been a victim of crime is entitled to support to help them cope and recover, irrespective of whether they have reported it to the police. In some circumstances, it’s the family of the victim that needs to access support too.
What are my rights under the Victims Code of Practice?
You have rights under the Victims’ Code if you are someone who has suffered harm, including physical, mental or emotional harm, or economic loss which was directly caused by a criminal offence.
This includes if you are:
The Victims Code is clear that you should be kept informed about the progress of the case and made aware of any help that is available to you at different stages. It also sets out a minimum standard for the criminal justice service providers that must be provided to victims of crime in England and Wales. All victims under this code are entitled to the below 3 rights regardless of whether the crime has been reported to the police.
Ongoing advice and support
An enhanced service is available for victims of serious crime, those who have been persistently targeted or intimidated and anyone who is considered to be vulnerable. If you are a victim of one of the crimes shown below, or have a mental health illness, learning difficulties, physical disability or were under 18 at the time of the crime, you may be entitled to an enhanced service.