The new #VictimsCode will help victims of crime get better support from the police, courts and other criminal justice agencies.

It sets out 12 rights, ensuring that victims are able to make informed choices and are treated with respect.
Here is a thread for more info on each⬇️
You have the Right to be given information that is easy to understand, and to be understood by staff and officers.

This includes the Right to use an interpreter and access to translation services.
Police will aim to speak to you as soon as possible after the incident to record details of the crime.

Victims of rape or sexual violence can now get the right to choose the gender of their police interviewer.
It is your Right to receive written confirmation after reporting a crime.

The Police will also explain where you can get further information, advice and support about the criminal justice system.
When reporting a crime, you have the Right to be offered support that caters to your specific needs.

This could include access to a Family Liaison Officer or a referral to the National Homicide Service.
If a defendant pleads guilty or is found guilty, you may be entitled to compensation. The Police must explain how this can be requested.
You have the Right to be told by Police within 5 working days how an investigation is progressing or to be told if they’ve decided not to investigate your case.

If an out of court disposal is being considered, you have the Right to have your say before a decision is made.
You can make a Victim Personal Statement, explaining how a crime has affected you, which could be considered by a Judge or Magistrate.
If your case goes to trial, you have the Right to be given regular updates throughout, as well as advice & support before you give evidence in court.

Vulnerable victims are able to pre-record their evidence ahead of a trial to avoid the stress of a cross-examination in court.
You have the right to be told the outcome of a trial, including the type or length of sentence given if the defendant is found guilty and their eligibility for release or parole.
If you attend court to give evidence, you can claim expenses from the @cpsuk for things such as travel costs, child care, loss of earnings and refreshments.
You have the Right to be told more information about the convicted offender.

If you’re a victim of a crime committed by a foreign national and the offender faces deportation, you will now be told when they will be deported.
If you believe your Rights have not been met under the #VictimsCode, you can make a complaint.

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