As Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Coppinger has responsibility for commissioning services to support victims in the aftermath of a crime.
If you have been a victim of crime, this page will provide information as to the route a crime will take and the options which are available to assist you going forward.
What happens after a crime is reported?
Once a crime has been reported, discover the route the crime will take through the criminal justice landscape until it is resolved.
Click here for more information about the criminal justice process.
As a victim, what support am I entitled to?
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime forms a key part of the wider Government strategy to transform the criminal justice system by putting victims first, making the system more responsive and easier to navigate. Victims of crime should be treated in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind.
They should receive appropriate support to help them, as far as possible, to cope and recover and be protected from re-victimisation. It is important that victims of crime know what information and support is available to them from reporting a crime onwards and who to request help from if they are not getting it.
Victims of Crime: Understanding the support you can expect (PDF, 846KB - external link)
Victims Right to Review
The CPS has launched a new initiative called the Victims' Right to Review Scheme which makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges or to terminate proceedings. Victims will be able to seek a review of decisions not to charge, to discontinue or otherwise terminate proceedings. Under this scheme victims can seek a review of the following CPS decisions:
- Not to charge
- To discontinue (or withdraw in the Magistrates' Court) all charges
- Offer no evidence.
Please note that the scheme applies only in relation to qualifying decisions made on or after the 5 June 2013.
Click here for more information about the Victims Right to Review on the CPS website.
Further Links to Access if You Have Been a Victim
Reporting Crimes and Getting Compensation
After a Crime: Know Your Rights (external link)
Claim Compensation for a Criminal Injury (external link)
Crime, Justice and the Law
Going to Court as a Victim or Witness (external link)
Restorative Justice Cou ncil (external link)