Victim Charter Rights

The Victim Charter sets out how victims of crime should be treated and what advice, support and practical information they can receive. The charter is for victims, a bereaved family member or their representative, and a parent on behalf of or instead of a child.

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  • Be treated fairly, professionally, and with dignity and respect;
  • Be understood and to understand – in your first language if necessary;
  • Be updated at key stages and given relevant information;
  • Have your needs considered by service providers;
  • Be told about available support and bring someone with you to give support;
  • Apply for compensation (within two years of the incident causing the injury) if you were a victim of a violent crime;
  • Ask for a court familiarisation visit and be kept separate from the accused as much as possible at court;
  • Have the opportunity to tell the court how the crime has harmed you;
  • Ask to be told how the offender’s sentence is managed; and
  • Let service providers know if you are unhappy with their service.