the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (the Victims Code) (VCOP)

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statutory code of practice issued by the Secretary of State for Justice under section 32 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004; the Code establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime; its stated objective is to ensure the criminal justice system puts victims first, making the system more responsive to them and easier for them to navigate; it also aims to ensure that victims of crime are treated well and receive appropriate support to help them cope and recover, and to protect them from becoming victims again; the code specifies the services which must be provided to victims of crime in England and Wales, and sets a minimum for the standard of those services; higher entitlements are set for victims of the most serious crime, persistently targeted victims, and vulnerable or intimidated victims; the public sector bodies which are obliged to provide services to victims of crime are specified in the Code, and include police forces and police and crime commissioners; the Victims’ Commissioner has a statutory duty to keep the Code under regular review

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