Today the Victims’ Commissioner publishes her report looking at the entitlements and experiences of victims of Mentally Disordered Offenders. These victims have been subjected to some of the most horrific violent crimes and yet they do not have the same entitlements under the Victims Code as other victims. Neither do they receive the same level of support. In her report, Baroness Newlove calls on this inequality in treatment to end.
The report includes nine cases studies and the general message is that victims feel isolated and unsupported in a system that can appear to pay little regard to their needs or support.
Baroness Newlove said: “It’s unfair that victims affected by horrific crimes committed by mentally disordered offenders do not have the same entitlements as other victims – their pain and trauma is no less and they deserve the same care and support.”
“Victims in our case studies told us that they felt ignored, isolated and diminished by their treatment within the criminal justice system. This is unacceptable and needs to change.”