Are you a victim

We understand that crime can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims.

We are committed to supporting victims and ensuring their needs and rights are met. We will make sure victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

If you are a victim we can help. We can help you feel safe and protected. We will make sure you have a voice that will be heard and that your circumstances and concerns are understood and taken into account.  

We can make sure that you are kept up to date and informed about the status and progress of the offenders who commit a crime against you.

The Victim Services Unit

The unit will work on your behalf so that you receive the support and services you need.

They can help you if the person who committed the crime against you is:

  • in prison or
  • under our supervision in the community.

This also includes people who have been released on bail before sentencing or are in prison on remand.

The Commissioners for Victims' Rights can help you understand the legal processes and what the police will be investigating.

You must report the crime to police for the process to begin.

We can help you tell the court or the Parole Board your concerns about an offender before they are released.

The Victims’ Register

Due to confidentially provisions within the law we are unable to give out personal information about prisoners or offenders to the general public.

We must make sure that you are eligible for this information and will need to ask you for your details and details of the crime. This information will be kept confidentially within The Victims Register.

You must be registered to be part of this process. Registration is voluntary. If you choose not to register (which is fine too) DCS will not be able to provide as much information to you.

Find out more to become a Registered Victim and the support groups which are available.

Further advice and information

You can contact the Victim Services Unit for further advice.


Telephone: 08 8226 9704

The Victims of Crimes Act 2001 and The Victims Charter set out the legal responsibilities and requirements.