Guidelines on Handling Victims and Witnesses

‘We are committed and determined to build upon the progress achieved so far and will ensure that we have the right skills, attitudes and behaviors to serve all communities fairly, with dignity and respect (...).'

Quote from the Metropolitan Police 

In March 2011 the Ministry of Justice published the ‘Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses. A Police Service Guide’ which reflects upon cultural diversity in dealing with witnesses.

In Section 6 of the Victims Charter 2006 there is particular reference to people that are adversely affected by crime. They need to be ‘treated with courtesy, respect and dignity by investigating agencies, prosecuting agencies and victims' services agencies.’ They have to take into account and be responsive to the particular needs of persons such as race or indigenous background; sex or gender identity; cultural or linguistic diversity; sexual orientation; disability; religion; age.

© Büro zur Umsetzung von Gleichbehandlung e.V. 2011