Witness intimidation plays a role in many types of crime and is related to other problems that police encounter during the course of an investigation. Witness intimidation, however, is not the same as repeat victimization. In determining whether a victim falls within the definition above any views expressed by the victim must be considered.References to the quality of a victim’s evidence are to its quality in terms ofcompleteness, coherence and accuracy; and for this purpose “coherence” refers to a victim’s ability in giving evidence to give answers which address the questions put to the victim and can be understood both individually and collectively.This may be through an injunction or an interim ASBO (which may be obtained without notice to the defendant in Scotland and Northern Ireland) or a Community Protection Notice (in England and Wales) and can provide immediate relief and raise confidence in the ability of local agencies to tackle this sort of anti-social behaviour.
Finally, it reviews responses to the problem of witness intimidation as identified through research and police practice.
:o Understandably I'm now feeling intimidated about this and I am no longer willing to witness.
What I'm cross about is that my address was passed on.
In England and Wales a Criminal Behaviour Order may be obtained where an offender has been convicted of an offence and has engaged, or is likely to engage, in conduct likely to cause harassment, distress or alarm to others and the order is likely to prevent this in the future.
Vulnerable victims In accordance with the victims code of practice, a victim of crime is considered vulnerable and thus eligible for an enhanced service under the Code if they are (a) under the age of 17 at the time of the offence; or (b) If the service provider considers that the quality of evidence given by the victim is likely to be diminished by reason of any circumstances falling below The circumstances falling within this are: (a) That the victim (i) suffers from mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983, (ii) otherwise has a significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning; (b) that the victim has a physical disability or is suffering from a physical disorder.