Research plays a vital role in improving our understanding and support of victims and witnesses. It allows us to better comprehend their needs and experiences, so we can campaign on their behalf.
Research is also essential for a charity that provides services like we do, because we need to know that our own services meet the needs of victims and witnesses in every community in England and Wales.
Our reports allow us to make a strong case for particular public policy stances by presenting the views of victims and witnesses alongside evidence from elsewhere.
We are a 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 1.2 million people affected by crime every year, we're in a unique position as a charity to understand their needs and to speak out for them when necessary.
Listening to victims and witnesses is an essential part of what we do. As well as seeking feedback every day from the people we help, we run focus groups around the country to gather views, opinions and information from victims and witnesses.
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 undermines confidence and makes them less likely to report incidents in future. (July 2011)
Summing up: a strategic audit of the criminal justice system
An overview of the performance of the criminal justice, 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).