Leicestershire Constabulary work in partnership with Victim Support. Victim Support are provided with the details of victims so that they can contact them on behalf of the Chief Constable and explain the support and other services which they are able to provide to victims of crime.
Anyone can become a victim of crime
People react to crime in many ways. Although most victims don’t suffer long term harm, both adults and children can be seriously affected. People who have suffered a crime may need practical information and advice, or simply someone to talk to.
The following comments have been made by people affected by crime:
"Since the burglary, no matter how many times I’ve cleaned the flat, it doesn’t feel the same."
"I keep thinking I see the person who attacked me walking down the street towards me."
"I am so worried about going to court and having to face them again."
"We didn’t know whether we could claim any kind of insurance or compensation."
Victim Support in court
Victim Supports Witness Service helps victims, witnesses and their families and friends before, during and after the trial. Trained volunteers based in all Crown Courts and Magistrates’ Courts offer emotional support and practical information about what happens in court.
What is Victim Support?
Victim Support is the national charity for victims and witnesses of crime. They give free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected. They give information, emotional support and practical help. You don’t have to report a crime to the police to get help and can get support at any time, whenever the crime happened. They are not a government agency or part of the police.
Victim Support offers:
- Someone to talk to in confidence.
- Information on police and court procedures.
- Liaison with other organisations on behalf of victims.
- Information and help with Criminal Injuries Compensation.
- Contact with other sources of help.
Victim Support can arrange for volunteers to accompany people to the police station and to court.