VICTIM SUPPORT is an independent charity that works towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Last year they offered support to just under one million people.
If you’ve been affected by crime, Victim Support can support you to move forward. The services are free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales, regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it happened.
Contact Victim Support by phone on their national number (08 08 16 89 111 ) or by local phone number or go online. (The care team in Surrey is on 0808 168 9274)
Being a victim of crime can lead to all kinds of practical problems. This can range from minor issues (such as damage to your property or having to fill in insurance forms), through to serious medical problems or the loss of your home. While emotional support can help you to deal with your feelings after a crime, practical problems often act as reminders of what you’ve been through and make it harder to get your life back under control.
That’s why they also offer help with sorting out the practical implications of crime.
They can help with simple tasks like filling out forms (for compensation claims, for example), getting broken doors and windows fixed and installing burglar alarms. they can also assist with bigger problems such as getting medical treatment, getting rehoused or dealing with the criminal justice system over the course of your trial. They’ll give you the information you need to understand your options and next steps.
Everyone reacts to crime differently, which is why their services are tailored to individual needs. They’re here to help anyone affected by crime, not only those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved.
About Victim Support
The main source of income is from Police and Crime Commissioners and other statutory and non-statutory bodies for the essential services that are provided to victims.
But Victim Support relies on donations to help fund projects and services for other service needs. Donations are vital to help them work for a world where people affected by crime and traumatic incidents get the support they need and the respect they deserve.
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