Advice for victims of crime

These pages provide basic information to help you protect yourself against crime, including domestic violence, child abuse, rape, honour-based violence, forced marriages and sexual offences.

Putting Victims First is one of the top priorities for Northumbria's Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, as outlined in the Police & Crime Plan 2013-18.

You can use the links on the left to find the pages relevant to you.

Information for victims of crime

Victims First Northumbria

Victims First Northumbria is an independent and free victim referral service, who put the victim at the heart of everything they do.

Victims First Northumbria

Victim Personal Statement

The Victim Personal Statement gives victims an opportunity to explain how the crime has affected them, physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially or in any other way.

Victim Personal Statement [External link via]

Getting Ready for court

A video has been produced by MENCAP aimed at young people with a learning disability or communication difficulties to better explain the Court process.

Visit Mencap for further information.



Victim's Code of Practice

In April 2006, the Victim's Code of Practice came into force. CJS Online has information about the Code and attending court as a victim. You will also find guidance for vulnerable or intimidated victims, including children, on the website. You can view a Victim Virtual Walkthrough at CJS Online.

If you require further information visit the Useful Links page.

Information for Victims of Young Offenders

(Offenders under the age of 18)

Have you been a victim of crime where the person responsible was under 18? If the answer is yes and your offender has pleaded or been found guilty of the crime take a look at the PDF below.

PDF logoNorthumbria Youth Offending Services (PDF)


You can find information explaining sentencing, like what sentences are for and how sentences are worked out on the Sentencing Council website.

If you’d like a five minute overview, take a look at this short video which gives the basics on what kinds of sentence there are and how judges and magistrates decide what sentence to give.