Victim Support – Victim Personal Statement
If the person who committed the crime against you is caught, prosecuted and convicted you may be entitled to prepare a Victims Personal Statement (VPS), depending on the crime. – as a victim you are entitled to do a Victim Personal Statement, regardless of whether the perpetrator is caught/identified, this gives you an opportunity to explain in your words what happened.
The statement can be read to the court to illustrate the impact that this crime has had on you and your family or friends. This may help the court when it is considering the sentence to give the offender. If you would like to know more about this, or you want help to prepare a Victim Personal Statement, you should speak to your Victim Liaison Officer at the Police (the Police do not have victim liaison officers, it will be the officer assigned to the case).
If you’ve been the victim of a serious crime, persistently targeted, vulnerable or intimidated, you are entitled to make a Victim Personal Statement to the police at any time before sentencing, whether or not you make a witness statement about what happened.
The Victim Personal Statement will form part of the prosecution case but will only be considered by the court once the offender has been found guilty of the offence.
You can find more information about Victims Personal Statements by clicking here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/victim-personal-statement
7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.