New law giving victims of crime legal rights welcomed by Sussex PCC


Katy Bourne has welcomed a new law announced by Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary that would give crime victims in England and Wales legal rights for the first time.

The proposal will see the current victim’s code, which allows victims to share with the sentencing judge and offender how a crime has impacted their life, laid down in law in the next Parliament.

Sussex PCC, Katy Bourne said: “Giving victims legal rights is a huge step towards ensuring their voices are heard and their needs are fully recognised.

“My Police & Crime Plan reflects the priorities that local people have told me matter to them and that includes putting the needs of victims and witnesses at the heart of everything we do.

“That is why, in collaboration with my PCC colleagues in Surrey and Thames Valley, I will be providing improved support to victims of crime across the region. This follows months of intensive preparation to understand the specific needs of victims and uncover any gaps in the current service provision.

“I am also investing in a solid restorative justice delivery framework that will ensure all criminal justice partners, local authorities and victim support services are involved in the process to create a supportive environment for victims. This will also give offenders a chance to understand the consequences of their actions and do something to repair the harm.”

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