Commissioner Designate for Victims of Crime - Survey on the experience of victims of crime in Northern Ireland

Closes 29 Feb 2024

Opened 1 Sep 2023


The purpose of the survey is to understand victims of crime experience of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey, which should take about 30 minutes to complete. You can save your answers and return to the survey at another time.

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Please do not begin to complete this survey if you are fearful of someone interrupting you.

The main job of the Victims of Crime Commissioner Designate is to tell our government and criminal justice organisations what victims think and what they need to change to make the system better. This will include giving examples of where victims are not treated in the way that is promised by the Victim Charter.  In order to do this, we need to hear directly from victims of crime.

This survey asks questions about your experience of the Criminal Justice System so we can identify key system issues that need to be addressed.  We do not need to know the exact details of what happened to you, but we will ask broadly and briefly about the type of crime you experienced. Please also know that the Commissioner is keen to meet with any victim who would like to share their story and its impact with her.

You may be upset in thinking about your experience and prefer not to participate in this survey; you can stop your participation at any point.  If you need support to deal with the impact of the crime or that this survey brings up painful memories for you, please contact one of the support services available whose details can be found here   

Criminal cases can take a long time to get to court in Northern Ireland so we would like to hear from anyone who has been a victim of crime from 2018 onwards.  We will take all the answers that victims provide and use it as evidence of what victims think of the criminal justice system. 

The survey is anonymous which means you will not be able to be identified from our report. At the end we ask if you will allow us to use the words that you said but without using your name.  We also ask if you would be willing to give an email address to be contacted for future research. 

Please see our Privacy Policy which explains how we collect, use and store personal information.

We are keen to hear from any victim who wants to complete this survey, including parents or carers of children who have been a victim. If you support someone who has been a victim who would like to respond but can't do so because of language, age, lack of internet access or other barriers, please feel free to fill in the survey with  them (or in the case of children, for them).  If you would like to request the survey in a different format or would like us to assist you to complete this form over the telephone please contact us at or call us on 028 9052 6607.

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