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Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004: rights of victims

Guidance for clinicians where perpetrator is mentally disordered offender

The Ministry of Justice has published updated guidance for clinicians about the legal rights that victims have under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (DVCV) Act 2004.

The note sets out guidance on the legal provisions which give the victims of mentally disordered offenders the right to certain information about discharge and conditions of discharge. The provisions are in the DVCV Act which came into force on 1 July 2005. They relate to the victim(s) of an offender who receives a restricted hospital order or a hospital and limitation direction, or who is transferred to hospital from prison under a transfer and restriction direction. The provisions do not place any statutory duty on clinicians to disclose information to victims, but the note gives guidance on relations with those authorities who are required to disclose information.

For the guidance, click here.