Witness support

Advice and support for those who witness crime.

If you’ve witnessed crime, we want to make sure you get the help, advice and support you need. You may also find the information on our victim support page helpful.

It is not unusual for people to feel anxious about giving evidence in court, so we want to help make the process as easy as possible. Witnesses play an important part in the criminal justice system and their evidence can be vital in bringing an offender to justice. 

As a witness you have rights. The Witness Charter has been developed to tell you how you can expect to be treated by the police if you are a witness to a crime or incident.

Visit GOV.UK to find out more about the help and support available to you, your rights as a victim or witness of crime, and information about protection for victims and witnesses.

Witness Care Units

Witness Care Units exist across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, where the police and Crown Prosecution Service work together to provide advice and support for victims and witnesses throughout a prosecution case.

Witness care officers work with other criminal justice agencies, departments and charitable organisations, such as the Court Service, Victim Support and Witness Service, in order to obtain information and ensure individual needs of victims and witnesses are met as far as possible.

We have Witness Care Units at the following locations:

Basingstoke Witness Care Unit
Basingstoke Police Station, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AD
Phone: 023 8047 8287
Email for magistrates cases: cju.basingstoke.wcu.mags@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Email for crown court cases: cju.basingstoke.wcu.crown@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Southampton Witness Care Unit
6th floor, Southampton Central Police Station, Southern Road, Southampton, SO15 1AN
Phone: 02380 533212
Email for magistrates cases: cju.southampton.wcu.mags@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Email for crown court cases: cju.southampton.wcu.crown@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Portsmouth Witness Care Unit
Portsmouth Central Police Station, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2DG
Phone: 02392 891619
Email for magistrates court cases: portsmouth.wcu.mags@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Email for crown court cases: portsmouth.wcu.crown@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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