If you have been sexually assaulted or are supporting someone who has been sexually assaulted and they have reported it to the Police, you may not understand or be confused about what is happening with the “case”.
There are several things that you can do:
To get the NICHE (crime) number, or the name of the Officer in Charge (OIC), you can call Supporting Victims on 101. They can also give you a brief update on what is happening in the case before it goes to Crime Prosecution Service (CPS).
If you are supporting someone who has reported the crime, you can contact the OIC to let them know that you are supporting the victim, so that they can communicate with you if the victim agrees to this.
You can contact the Witness Care Unit by calling 101 or emailing WCU@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. They can give updates on the trial. If you are supporting someone who has been sexually assaulted, it is best practice to let WCU know via email that you are working with the client once you know the case is going to trial.
There are trained volunteers at every criminal court who provide a free and confidential support service and can offer pre-trial visits. If you would like to contact the Witness Care Service, you can contact www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/victims-and-witnesses-care-and-treatment