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Victims of Crime

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what mechanisms are in place in the criminal justice system to ensure a formal acknowledgement of the harm caused to victims of crime and their families. (73980)

The Victim Personal Statement scheme allows victims an opportunity to tell criminal justice agencies and services dealing with their case how the crime has affected them. Anyone who sees the case files should consider the Victim Personal Statement when making decisions. The scheme is one of a range of measures designed to give victims a voice, such as the use of Victims' Advocates. In some local areas, victims may also request a restorative justice process, which brings together the victim and offender, and the wider community, to address the harm caused by crime.