The Victims of Crime Charter

The charter pdf file format sets out the rights and duties of victims of crime -

"All members of the community who come into contact with the criminal justice system, but particularly victims of crime, are entitled to know what their obligations are in helping the law enforcement agencies and, in return, what standard of service they can expect to receive from those involved in the criminal justice system."

Topics include:

  • who is a victim?
  • the duty to help maintain law and order
  • the victim's right to be treated with courtesy and respect
  • the victim's right to have a proper response to complaints of crime
  • the victim's right to information - reporting the crime
  • the victim's right to information - investigation and prosecution
  • the victim's right to proper facilities at court
  • the victim's right to be heard
  • the victim's right to seek protection
  • the victim's right to privacy and confidentiality
  • the victim's right to prompt return of property
  • the victim's right to support and aftercare
  • the victim's right to seek compensation.
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