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New Victims’ Code provides for victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse

A new Victims' Code, including specific provisions for victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse, came into force on 1 April.

Under the Code, victims of crime will be told what to expect at every stage of the justice system including, for the first time, their automatic right to be told when a perpetrator is due to leave prison. Victims of sexual violence will be able to choose the sex of their police interviewer and there will be clearer advice on when they can have their evidence pre-recorded away from the courtroom, so reducing the stress of giving evidence in court, which many find intimidating. They will also be directed towards the support of independent advisors who provide emotional and practical help, regardless of whether the crime is reported to the police.

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