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Victims and families

What support can I get?

The Victim Liaison Officer will offer ongoing information and advice.  If an advocate is presenting your Victim Personal Statement at an oral hearing they too will be able to provide information, and support on the day.  Victim Support is the national charity which helps people affected by crime and provides free and confidential support to help people deal with their experiences.  Victim Support also runs Supportline.  Trained personnel provide support over the phone or get you in touch with your local Victim Support service. Supportline: 0845 30 30 900 There are a number of other organisations who may also be able to assist you.

Victims and families

In this section you can find information for victims and families about the role of the Parole Board, How to make a personal statement, attending the hearing and help for victims of crime.

How does the Parole Board make its decisions

What is the Role of The Parole Board? What cases does it consider and What information does it use to make its decisions?

Making a Victim Personal Statement

Victim Personal Statements (VPS) provide an opportunity for victims to have a voice in criminal justice processes. Find out more about how you can make a Victim Personal Statement.

Attending the hearing

You might be asked to attend an oral hearing as a witness or you might wish to apply to attend the hearing to present your Victims Personal Statement (VPS) and give evidence as a witness. Find out more about what happens if you attend the hearing.

Help for victims of crime

Information about organisations that provide assistance for the victims of crime.

Practice guide on victim participation

The Parole Board has published a protocol that sets out a code of practice for victim participation in Parole Board hearings.

Investor in People

The Parole Board for England and Wales

Grenadier House, 99-105 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2DX

Telephone 0845 251 2220