Victims are entitled to have their rights clearly set out and enforced by a victims' law, former chief prosecutor Keir Starmer has said, as plans for greater protection are drawn up.
Mr Starmer said: "This is a golden opportunity to recast the criminal justice system as a criminal justice service fit for victims. But it will only succeed if there is an attitude-shift across criminal justice.
"Those delivering criminal justice have been on the back foot for far too long when it comes to victims' rights."
More top news
A Russian tourist has been fined 20 Euros (£15,829) for engraving a 10-inch tall letter 'K' on a wall of the Colosseum in Rome with a stone.
Ex-minister Owen Paterson said David Cameron should apply to leave the EU immediately after the general election next year.
Fresh data revealed smartphone and tablet users are increasingly targeted by online crooks.