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Analysis of the offer and take-up of victim personal statements 2016 to 2017

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Overview

Victim Personal Statements (VPS) are an entitlement that enables victims to make a statement expressing how they have been affected by a crime.

This is the third review looking at VPS data available from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. It looks at the 12 months ending March 2017, and compares this data to previous years starting from 2013-14.

It finds that few victims are offered the opportunity to make a VPS, and there has been little change over the last four years. Most victims who make a VPS, however, feel that it has been taken into account by the Criminal Justice System. There also remains variation in terms of the offer of VPSs across demographic groups and by offence characteristics.