Category: Victim rights

New laws being introduced to ensure victim rights

Important new developments for victims of crime have been announced. These address existing shortcomings, bringing us into line with the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.   A bold new vision for the treatment of victims – Press releases – GOV.UK. Read more →

Victimisation in prisons – is it being ignored?

There has been a lot of interest in recent months about the rights of prisoners, and in particular the high rates of violence, bullying and suicide. Here’s one opinion piece, but it’s worth keeping on top of this debate as it develops. Chris Grayling presides over a prison service in crisis – and we’ll pay the price | Eric Allison… Read more →

Are victims the poor relation in the CJS?

Title: The Victim’s Tale: Tonight
Channel Name: ITV
Date: Monday 29 Nov 2010 at 20:00
Description: Fiona Foster investigates whether victims are the poor relation in the criminal justice system and meets families who have been let down by the system. [S]

Child sexual exploitation in Rotherham: full report

In August 2014, an Independent Inquiry was published into serious failures linked with the abuse of more than 1400 children in Rotherham (in Yorkshire, UK). Unsurprisingly, this attracted a lot of media attention. You can read the full report here, and make your own mind up about the mistakes and lessons learned: Pay particular attention to instances of victim… Read more →

Vicarious liability

Title: Unreliable Evidence
Channel Name: BBC Radio 4
Date: Wednesday 12 Dec 2012 at 20:00
Description: Who’s to Blame?: In the wake of recent abuse stories, Clive Anderson discusses the legal liability of organisations for the crimes and misbehaviours of people who work for them.