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Working With Victims

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The Victim and Witness Information Partnership provides a multi-agency service for victims and their families involved in serious crime.

It was established in response to the Victim’s Charter to give victim’s information about the offender’s progress through the prison system.

Staff have a responsibility to contact victims or victims’ families where the offender received a prison sentence of 12 months or more for a violent or sexual offence. This includes cases where a life sentence has been passed.

Staff obtain feedback from the victim about any concerns they have with regard to a proposed release. A written report containing the victim’s views is submitted by probation staff to the parole board when they are considering an offender for release.

Probation staff who work with victims DO NOT have any involvement with the offender.

The Home Office has reviewed the Victim’s Charter as part of the move to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. As a result, they replaced the Victim’s Charter with the Victim’s Code of Practice – a document that gives victims of crime statutory rights for the first time. The Code of Practice for Victims was published on the 18 October 2005, and became law in April 2006.

Victim Support

For details of the nearest Victim Support and Witness Service scheme
Tel: 0845 3030 900
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