Counselling and Support

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


There to support children and young adults who have been a victim of crime 


CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection) provides advice about staying safe online for both children and parents, and allows victims to report any online behaviour they are uncomfortable with.

Stop Hate UK

Stop hate offer information and guidance to any one that may be affected by hate crime. The organisation works alongside local partnerships to tackle Hate Crime and discrimination, encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects.


Karma Nirvana

Karma Nirvana is a UK registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse. It was created to support those that have experienced forced marriages and honour based abuse.


SV2 (Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence) offers a wide range of support for both recent and historical victims of sexual violence which include counselling, therapy and an independent advocacy service.


The National Association for Children of Alcoholics was set up to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

National domestic violence provides a national service supporting women experiencing domestic abuse. It can be accessed by the victim or by their friends, family, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

ManKind Initiative

Our confidential helpline is available for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner). The site provides both emotional support and practical information to both victims and family and friends. 

National Centre of Domestic Violence

The National Center of Domestic Violence was established to help survivors of domestic violence obtain protection against an abuser, as well as offering services to the police, probation service, domestic abuse agency workers, the legal profession and judiciary. The organisation provides free, fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic abuse.

SAIL Derbyshire

SAIL is a registered charity, established in 1992, based in Chesterfield. We offer free, specialist counselling, drama therapy, art therapy and other complimentary therapies for adults aged 18 and over in Derbyshire who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, incest or sexual violence.

We have peer groups and a move on group for those who have completed counselling.

Sail counselling is delivered in locations across the County, service users do not have to travel to Chesterfield to access this.

Call our free helpline for support. Open 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm and Thursdays 10am - 4pm