Understanding your rights as a victim

16th February 2024

All victims of crime in England and Wales have specific rights which are set out in the Victims’ Code.

Whoever you are and whatever the crime, you have the right to be informed about the criminal justice process and the support available.

Criminal justice agencies are responsible for making sure that victims receive the rights in the Victims’ Code. You can expect them to tell you about your rights as you go through the criminal justice process.

They include:

  • The police
  • Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
  • HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
  • British Transport Police (BTP)

In Gwent, victims can access support from the Connect Gwent Victims’ hub.

A list of local support providers is also available on our website.