Victims' Commissioner review on Victim Personal Statements in 2018/19

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Overview

Victim personal statements (VPS) are a key entitlement under the Victims’ Code. The VPS enables victims to make a statement expressing how they have been affected by a crime.

This is the fifth review looking at VPS data available from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. It looks at the 12 months ending March 2019, and compares this data to previous years starting from 2013-14.

For the year ending March 2019, few victims report that they were offered the opportunity to make a VPS by police and that their VPS was read aloud in court. Both levels have remained consistent since the question was first introduced to the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

In over half of incidents where victims were given the opportunity to make a VPS, victims decided to do so. There has been a sharp drop in the proportion of victims who feel that their statement has been taken into account by the criminal justice system.

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