VS responds to the HMCPSI report on CPS stats in Wales

17 August 2016

Lucy Hastings, Director at independent charity Victim Support said:

“This report shows that the CPS is not meeting its obligations under the Victims’ Code and that too often it is failing to communicate with victims in a timely, informative and empathetic way. Poor communication can make victims feel forgotten, and not treating them with the respect they deserve may increase their distress and make it harder for them to move beyond their experience of crime.

“It is vital that all criminal justice agencies enforce the Victims’ Code and are held to account. That’s why Victim Support wants the Government to introduce a Victims’ Law as soon as possible, to put entitlements in the Victims’ Code into primary legislation and ensure victims of crime get the support they need.

“Victim Support’s specially trained staff and volunteers offer free, confidential information and support to anyone affected by crime – regardless of when the crime took place or if the police are involved. Call our Supportline team on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit victimsupport.org.uk to find out how we can help.”