I’m a victim of crime
Victims are the most important consideration in any crime. Becoming a victim to criminality can have devastating consequences on your mental and physical wellbeing and it is vital that you are not left to deal with the experience alone. Whether you report a crime or not there is help, practical advice and support available to help you cope and recover from your experience.
What kind of support is available?
There are a number of specialist counselling organisations providing both support and advice to victims of crime. These cover a whole wealth of issues that could arise in the aftermath of the offence including:
- Help to restore mental and physical health
- Assisting family members to recover
- Learning new skills and qualifications
- Help finding work
- Support to manage finances and access benefits
- Accommodation needs
- Someone speaking on your behalf to get you the help you need
What happens after I report a crime?
After you have reported a crime, you will be asked if you would like some assistance from Derbyshire Victim Services or in some cases a more specialised service. Derbyshire Victim Services provide free, confidential support to those affected by crime either on the phone, at your home or at an agreed community venue. The support provided is based on your needs, whether it is emotional support or practical information and advice, i.e. information about criminal injuries compensation, personal safety and security advice, help with paperwork or signposting you to other support services. Derbyshire Victim Services can be contacted on 0800 612 6505