On 18th October 2019 the Research and Data Analytics unit in the Department of Justice and Equality launched a report by Dr. Deirdre Healy, on the findings of her literature review looking at victims’ interactions with the criminal justice system.

This review brings together academic studies from numerous jurisdictions including research which studied victims’ and professionals’ experiences with Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) in England and Wales.

This report is the first completed in a series of pieces of research that have been commissioned by the Research and Data Analytics unit and builds on the Department’s commitment, outlined in the 2018-2020 Data and Research Strategy, to support the development of more evidence-informed policy making.

Dr. Healy’s research focusses on best practice for victim interactions with the criminal justice system. The report consolidates and critically evaluates evidence on interactions at initial reporting, investigation and prosecution, trial, sentencing and parole.

The review also constitutes a valuable resource for researchers and will act as a springboard for future empirical research on best practice in this area providing a body of evidence essential to inform our future policy discussions and development. 

A copy of the report can be accessed here:  Exploring Victims’ Interactions with the Criminal Justice System - A Literature Review