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Supporting Victims

Victim Contact Scheme

Protection and support of victims of crime is a top priority for Surrey and Sussex Probation Trust.

Supporting victims

Our Victim Contact Scheme provides an important service for victims and their families involved in serious crime. It enables victims to receive information about an offender's progress through the prison system.

It also allows the feelings of victims to be represented, via our victim contact team, when cases are discussed at multi-agency meetings and when offenders are being considered for parole or release from prison under licence. In the majority of cases, the information that victims can give cannot be provided by other agencies and so it has an extremely important role.

Details passed on by victims can also be used to understand how an offender 'operates' and hopefully prevent further offences from being committed.

Who is supported?

We have a responsibility to contact victims or victims' families where the offender received a prison sentence of 12 months or more for a violent or sexual offence. This includes cases where a life sentence has been passed.

How does it work?

We obtain feedback from the victim about any concerns they have about their perpetrator's proposed release from prison. A written report, containing the victim's views, is submitted to the Parole Board by probation staff when the board is considering an offender for release.