The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime is a key part of the Government’s strategy to ensure the criminal justice system puts victims first. The Code outlines what kind of support victims of crime can expect to receive from service providers which, as well as Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), include the police, prison service and court service.
Under the Code, which was revised and re-published in December 2013, your PCC is a ‘service provider’, responsible for providing support services to victims of crime. From October 2014, Stephen will be responsible for the commissioning of the majority of emotional and practical support for victims of crime in Norfolk. Services must be available for those who wish to contact the police and for those who seek support but do not want the police to be involved.
For witnesses, the Witness Charter, which was updated by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in December 2013, sets out the standards of care a witness to a crime or incident in England and Wales may expect from each of the service providers involved in the criminal justice system, The Charter applies to all witnesses of a crime, whether supporting prosecution or defence and to character witnesses but not expert witnesses.
The desired outcomes of your PCC’s commissioned activity to support victims and witnesses in Norfolk include:
Based on a Needs Assessment for Norfolk, the following commissioning intentions have been agreed in order to meet these outcomes:
Full details of the size of grant and the source of the funding, along with associated timescales, are available in the PCC’s Commissioning Intentions Table for Supporting Victims and Witnesses (PDF, 130.4 KB).
If you or someone you know has been affected by crime, let us help you find the support you need to cope and recover.
41 Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected across England and Wales on the 15 November 2012. When the elected PCCs took office on the 22 November 2012 they became responsible for a combined budget of £8 billion.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area. Their role is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account, effectively making them answerable to the communities they serve.