The National Victims' Code
The national Code of Practice for Victims of Crime describes the information, support and services that victims of crime are entitled to receive from criminal justice agencies in England and Wales. These criminal justice agencies include the police and Crown Prosecution Service.
The code covers the support victims should expect at every stage of the process from reporting a crime to post-trial support. This includes your right to make a Victim Personal Statement (VPS) explaining how the crime has affected you emotionally, financially or in any other way, and your right to be kept informed about the progress of a court trial.
The code describes the extra support available for:
- victims of very serious crime
- vulnerable victims (for example, children)
- persistently targeted or intimidated victims
It also includes a section dedicated to the needs of children and young people, their parents and carers. Businesses that are victims are also covered by the code, which specifies what they are entitled to.