What happens after a crime

If you've been the victim of crime you need to know what to expect from the criminal justice system. Our guides explain what help you're entitled to and how the criminal justice process works.

Reporting a crime
If a crime is taking place, someone is in danger or the suspect is nearby, call 999. If it's not an emergency there are other ways to report.
During the investigation
Information about what happens after you've reported a crime.
Going to court
Not all cases go to court. If your case does, your details will be passed to a Witness Service who will help and support you.
After the trial
Advice and information on what happens after a trial, including the Victim Contact Scheme.
Restorative Justice (RJ)
If your case has been to court and your offender has been convicted you may be interested in Restorative Justice (RJ)
Victims Code of Practice
All victims and witnesses of crime have certain entitlements under the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime.