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Victims and Witnesses

Championing justice and defending the rights of victims, fairly, firmly and effectively is at the heart of all we do.

What happens when you are a Victim or Witness?

CPS employee speaking to witnessBeing a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but, with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.

From reporting the crime to passing sentence we explain what happens, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service and what you can expect from us.

Reporting a Crime

Going to Court

Victims' Right to Review

The CPS has launched an initiative called the Victims' Right to Review Scheme, which makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges or to terminate proceedings.

If you are a victim seeking to exercise your right to request a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges, discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence in a case please visit the Victims' Right to Review page in this section

Please note that the scheme applies only in relation to qualifying decisions made on or after the 5 June 2013.

Hate Crime

Read about what hate crime is, what to do if you are a victim of or witness to a hate crime - and what the CPS and our partners do to combat it.

We have also launched three new public statements on how we prosecute hate crime. They are on our new hate crime web page along with with information on support for victims and witnesses.

Young Victims and Witnesses

Follow the progress of Jerome and Millie as they give evidence in court. These easy to read pages give you an insight into the importance of being a witness and explain how the Crown Prosecution Service supports children and young people.

Information for young victims and witnesses

Resources for Victims and Witnesses

A list of resources that explain in detail how we make decisions and our policies relating to Victims and Witnesses

Resources for victims and witnesses