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Crime: Victims

Volume 506: debated on Wednesday 3 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of victims of crime were notified when the person charged with the crime against them was (a) charged and (b) convicted in each year since 1997. (319780)

I have been asked to reply.

Data on the number and proportion of victims of crime who were notified when the person charged with the crime against them was charged or convicted are not collected centrally.

However, the Witness and Victim Experience Survey (WAVES) interviews a national sample of victims (and prosecution witnesses) aged 18 and over, comprising just under 20,000 victims whose cases resulted in a criminal charge, in the following crime types: violence against the person, robbery, burglary, and theft and handling stolen goods. The survey excludes victims and witnesses of sexual offences, domestic violence, and cases involving a fatality on ethical grounds. Drug and motoring offences are also excluded.

WAVES data show that in 2008 (latest full year available), 91 per cent. of victims interviewed were notified that someone had been charged with the offence. WAVES does not fully distinguish between respondents who were informed of the case outcome, and those who found out the case outcome in another way.