Help and support after crime
If you have been impacted by crime, it is important to know there is support available and you are not alone. Our Children and Young People Team offer a range of free support tailored and delivered in a way for your specific needs. You do not need to have reported anything to the police, and you can access support even if you are not the direct victim.
Our aim is to help you cope and recover from the effects of the crime. This can be achieved in a number of ways, tailored and specific to your needs.
Did you know?
You do not need the police involved to get our support.
We support if you were a witness or an indirect victim too or if you were involved in a road traffic collisions.
We work alongside other support services in the community; a list of them is detailed through our Partnership Care Network directory here. You can browse the support services to identify any that could help you, or alternatively you can call us and we can assist in finding the right support for you.
What is crime?
Hate crimes and hate incidents are when someone is abusive, harasses you, makes threats or is violent towards you because of your identity.
Everyone deserves a safe online experience. However, some people use the internet and technology to harm other people. This can include, fraud and scams, cyber bullying, sexting and stalking and harassment.
Sexual crime is any type of sexual activity that is unwanted, including, sexual exploitation, sexual assault, sexting, rape, porn and grooming.
This is when someone has power and control over you or another person. They may make you feel worthless, threaten or be violent towards you. This can be very confusing, as you may still love the person.
Physical or violent crime
A violent crime is when someone physically hurts, or threatens you. This also includes crimes where a weapon is used. Gang violence, assault, murder and manslaughter are all violent crimes. Violent crime can also happen at home.
Theft, Robbery or criminal damage
Theft is when somebody steals something from you. Robbery includes theft with violence or threats. Criminal Damage includes having something deliberately damaged or broken.
Safety at home
Everyone has the right to feel safe at home, but this is not always the case. Crime in the home can include, burglary, domestic abuse, child abuse and exploitation.
Bullying and harassment
Bullying is when someone does something on purpose that hurts or upsets you. It is still bullying even if it happens behind your back, this can be physical or verbal, and can be done by one person or a group.