Society responds to victims consultation

The BPS has been involved in a response to a Ministry of Justice consultation. Entitled Getting it Right for Victims and Witnesses: The Government Response, the report looked at the shortfalls of the British justice system regarding victims of serious crime.

More than 350 responses were received, all of which have been considered before proposals on the matter are refined.

According to the feedback, more than half of the organisations involved believed the definition of violence and crime needs to be altered in order to cover explicit reference to stalking, harassment and repeated domestic abuse.

The report noted: "Some respondents felt that mental and psychological injuries caused by these crimes should be included even where there was no physical assault."

It was also recommended the definition of a crime of violence should include human trafficking, as opposed to the injuries caused by such actions.