The criminal justice system is complex. We’ve heard from victims of crime that they find the system confusing. And that it can be difficult to find the right information. We’re here to help you make sense of it all.
LVWS is an independent service and is separate from the police. We can support you even if you decide not to report the crime you’ve experienced. If you do decide to report the crime, we’ll help you to understand your rights and speak out if you’ve been treated unfairly.
As a victim of crime in England or Wales, you have specific rights set in law. These rights are explained in The Victim’s Code. If you’re a relative of someone who lost their life as a result of a crime, you also have rights under the code.
The Victims’ code is there to make sure that:
- you’re treated fairly by each organisation within the criminal justice system
- you know what to expect
- you know how long things should take.
You have the right to: