Crime: Victims

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 17th October 2017.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received on breaches of the Victims' Code during the last three years; and what information his Department holds on such representations made to the Victims' Commissioner in that same period.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We have committed to publishing a strategy for victims in early 2018 and representations on the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) will help inform this work. We are engaging with victims, victims’ groups and criminal justice agencies and anticipate receiving further written representations as part of this process.

I can confirm that the Department received representations on 23 January 2017 from Voice4Victims containing case studies of victims’ experiences, including apparent failures to receive entitlements under the Victims’ Code.

The Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses, Baroness Newlove, is independent of government and as such, the MoJ does not hold records of what representations the Commissioner may have received.

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