Victim Awareness Course (VAC)
The Victim Awareness Course (VAC) is a simple and meaningful option for an offender (aged 18 or over) who has committed a low level volume crime and has been diverted from prosecution through the issuing of a Conditional Caution or a Community Resolution.
The VAC was developed with victims at its heart and aims to reduce re-offending by helping people to:
- understand the impact that their actions have on victims, their loved ones, themselves and the wider community
- reconsider their attitudes and beliefs that support crime
- take personal responsibility for their actions
- identify what they could do differently in future.
The VAC is not designed to humiliate or hold offenders to account.
The three-hour course is delivered during evenings and weekends by accredited Victim Support trainers at a suitable local venue within a referring police force area.
Cost and conditions of the course
Offenders pay a £55 fee (£60 from 1 April 2017) to attend the course. We reinvest any excess money not required to run the courses to continue our work supporting victims of crime. There is no direct cost to police forces.
Offenders must attend the course, take part and not be disruptive. We will inform the referring police force of any breach upon which police procedures take effect. We also inform the referring police force of successful completion of the course.
Every offender referred to us is sent information about the terms and conditions of attending the course.