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VICTIMS OF CRIME (How to get support and Advice).
Help and Support.
If you have been a victim of a crime or affected by Antisocial Behaviour there are many organisations that can offer emotional and practical help.
In the first instance please notify the police as you may be able to deal with a situation but a less able person may not.
The crime you have been a victim of may be part of a chain of events, and the police will be able to log this in their quest to apprehend the offender.
Do not keep it to yourself and pretend it never occurred. Minor offences can go on and lead to more serious crimes being committed.
There are organisations that are only too happy to help but it is your responsibility to report to them to set everything in motion. They will be discreet and will protect your identity if you so wish.
The following are the three main organisations that can assist you:-
Victim Support is an independent charity which helps people affected by crime. If you agree the Police will pass your information to them so they can offer you their free, confidential services.
You can contact them directly and you might find it helpful to talk to one of their volunteers if you have found your experience distressing. They are specially trained and can:
Talk with you on the telephone or meet you in a safe and convenient place to give support and information.
Give you practical advice on topics such as insurance claims, seeking medical help, and home and personal security advice.
Assist you with finding additional help from others for services such as counselling or housing.
Refer you to the right organisation if you need more specialised advice or support.
Help you get information from the police on the progress of your case.
0845 456 6099 www.victimsupport.org.uk Lines open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm. Saturday 9am to 1pm. Further Information:
If you have experienced a crime you may be facing financial problems and need advice. Citizens Advice can also give you free information and support to help with legal issues and other practical problems.