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The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) sets out the minimum standards that must be provided to victims of crime by organisations (referred to as service providers) in England and Wales.
Victims of crime should be treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind. They also have the following rights:
To be able to understand and to be understood
To have the details of the crime recorded without unjustified delay
To be provided with information when reporting the crime
To be referred to services that support victims and have services and support tailored to your needs
To be provided with information about compensation
To be provided with information about the investigation and prosecution
To make a Victim Personal Statement
To be given information about the trial, trial process and your role as a witness
To be given information about the outcome of the case and any appeals
To be paid expenses and have property returned
To be given information about the offender following a conviction
To make a complaint about your rights not being met