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Analysis of the offer and take-up of victim personal statements 2017 to 2018

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Overview

This is the fourth review looking at Victim Personal Statements (VPS) data available from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. It looks at the 12 months ending March 2018, and compares this data to previous years starting from 2013-14.

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

It finds that few victims report that they are offered the opportunity to make a VPS by police, and this has remained consistent since the question was first introduced to the Crime Survey for England and Wales. For the year ending March 2018, in over half of incidents where victims were given the opportunity to make a VPS, victims decided to do so. Of those who did make a VPS, the majority felt it had been taken into account by the Criminal Justice System. The review also identifies variation in terms of the offer of a VPS across demographic groups and by offence characteristics.