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’.
Here’s an overview of the Victim’s Code, but you can also download the full code 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.
Keeping you informed
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.
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.