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The Specialist Victims Support Service (our team) maintains a list of victims of forensic patients on behalf of the Commissioner of Victims Rights. It is called the Specialist Victims Register (the Register). The Register only contains the names of people who have requested to be on the Register and who are eligible. If you are listed on the Register (registered victim), we will include the following information under your name:
The Register ensures that victims of
forensic patients are informed when certain decisions are made (for example,
when the forensic patient is transferred from one facility to another, or when
they are granted leave or release). If you are a registered victim, you have
the right to be told when these things happen.
Our team understands that you may be
concerned about people (like the forensic patient or the Tribunal) accessing
your private information. No one will have access to your information in
the Register without your consent.
If a registered victim consents, we may
provide details contained in the Register to the Tribunal. Nobody (including
you or your advocate) is allowed to publish information contained in the
Register unless the Tribunal or court has given permission.
To protect your privacy, the Commissioner
of Victims Rights' function is also exempt from all requests for information
under section 9(1) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, where
that information is about a victim on the Register. This means that if the
forensic patient requests information under the Act, the Commissioner will not
be required to provide them with your confidential information.
You can register on the Specialist Victims Register if you are a:
You are a family victim if the victim has died as a result of the act of violence and you are:
If you are a registered victim, our team can tell you if:
You also have the right to be told about:
If you are a registered victim, our team will provide the information you have requested to receive in writing, which means it could be delivered:
However, in the rare case that there is a risk of immediate harm to you or another person, we will inform you by telephone first if you have provided us with your phone number (and then again in writing).
When you register as a victim, you can choose your level of contact with our team and let us know how you would like to receive information. For example, if you would prefer to be contacted by phone, we will notify you by phone before providing you with information in writing. You can also change your preferences and your level of involvement at any time by advising our team.
If you would like to register, you will need to complete a Specialist Victims Register registration form.
Specialist Victims Register registration form - Fillable (123Kb)Specialist Victims Register registration form - Print (123Kb)
You will need the following information when you register:
We will inform you in writing once you have been successfully registered.
You will be removed from the Register if:
If the forensic patient remains a forensic patient, for reasons unrelated to the offence, you will no longer be a registered victim. However, you can contact our team for more information about hearings after you have been removed from the Register.