Victim Code Consulation (MoJ)

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September 2019
The Victim's Code is the statutory code that sets out the minimum level of service that victims should receive from the criminal justice system.  In July 2019, the Ministry of Justice open a consultation on the Victim's Code to find out views on their proposals to strengthen it. The consultation was open until September 2019. Muslim Wommen's Network UK (MWNUK) responded to the consultation and our responses were mostly based on our research findings from the report 'Muslim Women's Experience of the Criminal Justice System,' by Shaista Gohir.

Some of our recommendations included:
  • Improved responses so that victims are kept up to date as this was resulting in cases being dropped
  • Better recognition and recording of risk of honour based abuse
  • Updating sentencing guidelines for revenge porn to include as an aggravating factor situations where a perpetrator has used threats to share images, videos or audio recordings that may result in honour based abuse
  • Amend Victims' Right to Review as currently some victims cannot have the decisions reviewed which is unfair e.g. when charges are brought in respect of some (but not all) allegations made or against some (but not all) suspects
The full response can be downloaded above.


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