Research plays a vital role in improving our understanding and support of victims and witnesses of crime. It allows us to better comprehend their needs and experiences, so that we can campaign on their behalf. Listening to victims and witnesses is an essential part of what we do.
Our reports allow us to make a strong evidence-based case for particular public policy stances by presenting the views of victims and witnesses alongside evidence and data from the criminal justice system and elsewhere.
We are the national voice for victims and witnesses, making sure that the experiences of victims and witnesses are heard at all levels of decision making. As we are in touch with over one million people affected by crime every year, we're in a unique position as a charity to understand their needs and to speak out on their behalf.
This new research shines a light on how victims experience the criminal justice process from beginning to end: their levels of satisfaction, how they are treated, the challenges they face, and whether their statutory rights are met (April 2017).
Victim Support's new research explores similarities and differences in the impact of crime and expressed needs of victims across the main crime types. The report includes a review of existing research, and presents findings from new quantitative and qualitative research with over 400 VS service users (April 2017).
Research providing personal insights into the survivor’s and bereaved family’s journey through the existing victim services system in England and Wales, in order to better understand their needs and the barriers they face to accessing support. The report also looks at how the provision of support can ultimately be improved (November 2016).
- VS Insight Report: An Easy Target? Risk factors affecting victimisation rates for violent crime and theft
An insight report into the demographics of victims of crime and the risk factors affecting rates of victimisation across the population for violent crime and theft (April 2016).
This report analyses data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales to examine the demographics of victims of violent crime (April 2016).
This report analyses data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales to examine the demographics of victims of theft (April 2016).
A report looking at why victims and witnesses of crime are facing increasingly long waits to see offenders brought to justice (June 2015).
This report looks at the hidden victimisation of children and young people (December 2014).
This report looks at the findings from a three-year research study exploring the extent and impact of criminal victimisation among people with mental health problems, as well as their experiences with the criminal justice system and other services after crime (October 2013).
This report looks at the experiences of victims and witnesses who have attended the crown court (October 2013).
This report is based on research jointly commissioned by Make Justice Work and Victim Support, and was designed to establish whether victims of crime are open to the greater use of community sentences (September 2012).
This report brings together official government data and new Victim Support survey findings to show that failures by the criminal justice system to keep victims informed undermine confidence and make them less likely to report incidents in future (July 2011).
An overview of the performance of the criminal justice system, specifically in relation to victims and witnesses (July 2011).
This report looks at the thoughts and opinions of victims on sentencing (December 2010).
A research report commissioned by BMRB Social Research which explores the link between violent victimisation and offending behaviour in young people (September 2007).
A research report commissioned by Victim Support and funded by Co-operative Insurance, focusing on identifying and understanding the support needs of victims of hate crime motivated by race, sexuality and religion (June 2006).
A research report into the needs of people bereaved by homicide, which we used as the basis to review our services and learning materials (February 2006).
A research report which looks at how Victim Support, and the organisations it works alongside, could improve the scope, coverage, effectiveness and quality of practical support for burglary victims in the future (December 2005).
A research report on how crime affects victims and our call for a new way of thinking about crime (February 2002).