RAPE victims will be able to pick the gender of their police interviewer in a fresh push to make the justice system more friendly to women.
As part of a new victims code being published in the wake of the Sarah Everard case, people will have the right to know when their perpetrators are released from jail or deported.
Ministers will also make it easier to pre-record evidence and interviews rather than face gruelling cross-examination in front of a packed court-room at trials.
The code will bring together a structure of what victims can expect at every stage of the justice process.
Victims of sexual violence or domestic abuse will be able to pick whether they want to speak to a female about their case.
And they will be given help with independent advisers for emotional and practical help, even if they don’t go to the police to report their case.
Victims will also have the right to know why their alleged abusers won’t be prosecuted, if police don’t take it forward.
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And ministers are set to bring in a Victim’s Law to enshrine these rights in law in the coming months, with a consultation over the summer.
The Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC MP, said today: “Our new Code provides victims with a simplified and stronger set of rights – making clear their entitlements at every step of the way as they recover from crime.
“But we are not stopping here and will consult on strengthening these rights even further through a Victims’ Law as we continue to build back confidence in the justice system.”
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