The Police & Crime Commissioner wants to encourage people to be aware of victims' rights.
One of the recommendations that came out of his work into Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), was to set up a victims' rights advocate.
Matthew Scott says, "
Victims are at the heart of my Police & Crime Plan and will continue to be throughout my time as PCC. The Criminal Justice System has a specific process for victims and there is information out there about it, however I have decided to create this Victim Voice Initiative to collate the information in one place, and to raise awareness about victims' rights.
Victims have repeatedly told me they feel their voice is not heard and that they feel reporting a crime does not lead to appropriate action by the criminal justice system.
Victim satisfaction levels in my 2021 Annual Policing Surveywas 4.26 out of 10. My Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) survey evidenced only 37% of VAWG victims had reported the crime they experienced.
I want people to feel confident that when they report crime, they get the information and support they deserve, and are legally entitled to."
If you would like to do more to support victims, this pamphlet will help you understand the process and provide you with useful information.
It will help you
understand victims' rights and the Victims' Code
report crime and antisocial behaviour
challenge if a victim is unhappy with the service/outcome