On Tuesday, Victims' Minister Damian Green announced that victims, and families bereaved by violence, will be given the entitlement to read their Victim Personal Statement out in court.
At present only nine % of victims recall being given the opportunity to make a Victim Personal Statement, let alone actually making one. Victims will now be given the opportunity to read the VPS out themselves. This will give victims a chance to explain to the judge, courtroom and offender the full impact of a crime - leaving them in no doubt of how it has impacted them. The VPS will be read out, if the victim wants, after the verdict has been handed down but before sentencing so that the judge can take it in to account when determining the sentence.
We are joined today by Gill Veysey (whose son Darren was killed in 2009) and Victims' Minister Damian Green.