Research and analysis

Support for victims: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales

This report examines the various types of information, advice and support wanted and received by victims of crime and draws out the key messages for victim support service delivery and provision.

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Support for victims: Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales

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It also examines public perceptions of support for victims and victims’ contact with the organisation Victim Support, and again draws out key implications in these areas.

Based on Crime Survey for England and Wales (2007/08 and 2008/09) data, findings show that many victims of crime do not report the incident to the police and do not want support following their victimisation. However of those victims that do want support the most commonly wanted types of support among victims who reported incidents to the police were information from the police, protection from further victimisation and someone to talk to. There was relatively little variation in the likelihood of the victim wanting support based on crime type or the victim’s socio-demographic characteristics. The victim’s perception of and reaction to the incident were more strongly associated with wanting support.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) is a nationally representative face-to-face household survey; the main purpose is to measure the extent and nature of criminal victimisation. However the CSEW also includes questions on a range of other areas relating to victimisation, crime and the CJS.

Supplementary tables have been published alongside this report.

Published 7 May 2013