Police staff to patrol youth courts in knife crime crackdown – The Guardian

Posted May 28th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, victims, witnesses, youth courts by sally

“Dedicated police staff are to patrol London’s youth courts to encourage knife crime victims and witnesses to testify against their attackers.”

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The Guardian, 28th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Draft legislative programme: new proposals to empower the individual – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 15th, 2008 in constitutional law, coroners, victims, witnesses by sally

“New proposals to give greater protection to victims and witnesses in court are among those set out in the Ministry of Justice’s contribution to the Draft Legislative Programme announced by the Prime Minister today.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: Preparing Britain for the Future – the Draft Legislative Programme 2008-09 (PDF)

CPS publishes response to All-Party Parliamentary inquiry into Antisemitism – Crown Prosecution Service

“A Crown Prosecution Service investigation into cases involving antisemitism, carried out as part of its response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism, has found that more needs to be done to encourage victims to support a prosecution.”

Press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th May 2008

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Related link: Crown Prosecution Service response to the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism

Violence on women ‘costs £40bn’ – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2008 in news, sexual offences, victims, violence, women by sally

“Violence against women costs £40bn a year in England and Wales, according to a charity report.”

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BBC News, 23rd April 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Help for forgotten victims of miscarriages of justice – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2008 in miscarriage of justice, special report, victims by sally

“The euphoria lasts for a few weeks, or possibly months, before the reality of freedom for a victim of miscarriage of justice sets in, says John McManus. The reality can mean depression, drug addiction, alcoholism and a premature death.”

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The Guardian, 21st April 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape victims failed by lack of funds, say campaigners – The Independent

Posted April 16th, 2008 in news, rape, victims by sally

“A chronic lack of funding and an inadequate legal system is leading to a crisis in care for rape victims in Britain, campaigners said yesterday. They accused the Government of ‘failing to provide the support women want and need’ in the aftermath of traumatic sexual abuse.”

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The Independent, 16th April 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Intermediaries to help young sex abuse victims in court – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2008 in news, sexual offences, victims by sally

“Sex offenders who prey on adults with learning disabilities and young children are to be brought to justice under a groundbreaking scheme to be launched throughout England and Wales next month.”

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Rape support service ‘in crisis’ – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2008 in news, rape, victims by sally

“Services for rape victims in England and Wales are in crisis, with half of support centres at risk of closure, a campaign group has warned.”

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BBC News, 29th January 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Vicario v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Times Law Reports

Posted January 4th, 2008 in duty of care, law reports, negligence, police, victims by sally

Vicario v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Court of Appeal

“Police owed no duty of care to victims when taking a decision whether or not to prosecute a suspected offender, even where the decision took into account the interests of the victims.”

The Times, 4th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

80,000 crime victims await compensation – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 13th, 2007 in criminal injuries compensation, news, victims, violence by sally

“The way victims of violent crime receive compensation payments is to be overhauled after it was revealed that more than 80,000 are still waiting for payouts.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Juries to be warned of rape victim “myth” – The Times

Posted November 26th, 2007 in juries, news, rape, victims by sally

“Ministers will outline plans this week to boost the rate of convictions in rape cases by countering myths that may sway juries in cases of sexual assault.”

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The Times, 26th November 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Victims of crime want punishment – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 17th, 2007 in press releases, punishment, victims by sally

“Victims of non-violent crimes in the UK want offenders to be punished, but do not believe that prison is always the answer, research released today shows.”

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Ministry of Justice press release, 16th November 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Taking the fear out of Courts – Her Majesty’s Courts Service

Posted November 9th, 2007 in courts, press releases, victims, witnesses by sally

“An initiative in the fight against fear and confusion felt by witnesses of the court process across England and Wales, has been launched by the Court Minister Maria Eagle, today.”

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Her Majesty’s Courts Service, 8th November 2007

Source: www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk

CPS seeks views on prosecuting crimes against older people – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 8th, 2007 in elderly, press releases, victims, witnesses by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service today launched a public consultation on prosecuting crimes against older people, seeking views on how it deals with crimes against them and how it supports those who are victims and witnesses.”

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Crown Prosecution Service press release, 7th November 2007

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Almost all children aged 10-15 are victims of crime – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2007 in children, crime, news, victims by sally

“Being a victim of crime is now the norm for most children in Britain, according to research that reveals that 95% of 10- to 15-year-olds in the country have experienced crime at least once.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Victim letter delays criticised – BBC News

Posted September 27th, 2007 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, victims by sally

“Prosecution lawyers have been criticised for failing to inform crime victims when charges against a suspect are dropped or changed.”

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BBC News, 26th September 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS announces changes in policy on bad driving and publishes summary of responses to consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 7th, 2007 in dangerous driving, homicide, press releases, victims by sally

“The Crown Prosecution Service received one of its widest responses from the public when it asked for comments on prosecuting bad driving. The responses to the consultation will result in changes to CPS policy on how driving offences are charged and prosecuted and also the service it offers to victims and witnesses. A summary of the responses is published today on this website.”

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Crown Prosecution Service press release, 6th September 2007

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Drivers who kill risk life for manslaughter – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 7th, 2007 in dangerous driving, homicide, news, victims by sally

“Motorists who cause death on the roads could face life imprisonment under plans confirmed yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Victims of white-collar crime ‘ignored for sake of statistics’ – The Times

Posted August 20th, 2007 in crime, news, statistics, victims by sally

“Victims of corporate crime – such as the Maxwell pensions scandal and the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International – are largely overlooked by officials because they do not fit government targets, it is claimed today.”

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The Times, 20th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Evaluation of the development of support services for victims of road traffic incidents – Ministry of Justice

Posted August 3rd, 2007 in road traffic, victims by sally

“This summary describes the main findings from research examining three Home Office-funded pilot schemes delivering support services to victims of road traffic incidents. The main aims of the study were to assess the development of these support services and to provide recommendations and guidelines on good practice.”


Ministry of Justice, 2nd August 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk