If the offender who committed a crime against you has been found guilty and sentenced the Victim and Witness Care Unit (VWCU) will give you information about the relevant victim information scheme.
There are three victim information schemes in Northern Ireland, managed by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland’s (PBNI) Victim Information Unit. If the offender has been:
- sentenced to time in prison - you can register for the Prisoner Release Victim Information Scheme (PRVIS)
- given probation - you can register for the Probation Board Victim Information Scheme
- given a hospital restriction order - you can register for the Mentally Disordered Offenders Victim Information Scheme
If the offender has been sentenced to prison and probation, you should register for both the prisoner release and probation board schemes.
There may also be times when a prisoner is transferred from prison to hospital for a short time to receive treatment for a mental illness. While they are in hospital, victims who register will also be kept informed of the details of their case.