Your rights as a victim of crime

When we are asked to help with an investigation or to find out what has happened to a client's report of a crime as they may have not head anything further from the police, we often find that the crime has not been formally recorded and we have to start from scratch reporting the crime on behalf of the client.


A client may have received an incident number but this does not mean the incident was recorded as an allegation of crime. 

There may be many reasons for this including a lack of knowledge of the rules about recording allegations of crime.


One of your rights as a victim is to have your allegation of crime formally recorded. 

Put simply a belief by the victim (or a person reasonably assumed to be acting on behalf of the victim , that a crime has occurred is usually sufficient to justify its recording).

An indication that your crime has been recorded is that you will usually receive a letter with the crime reference number, the type of crime being investigated, the name of the investigating police officer and details about victim support.


The following links contain all the information that you will need to explain the process and your rights as a victim. If there is anything you are unsure of or your allegation of crime does not appear to have been formally recorded or investigated happy to hear from you to see if we can help.

Victim's of crime - understanding your rights

Home Office Crime Recording Rules and National Crime Recording Standard

The Victim's Code