Unfortunately, becoming a victim of crime is an all too common occurrence which can be a shattering experience for some. That is why it is important to know what assistance is available and how to quickly access it.
You can consider yourself a victim of crime if you have suffered injury or loss as a direct result of an offence. You are also a victim of crime if an immediate member of your family has died as a direct result of an offence.
In the past, victims of crime were the forgotten people in the criminal justice system. However, in recent years, there have been significant improvements and now much greater consideration is being given to the needs and interests of victims and their families.
This section of the website offers information on the effect crime can have on a person and your entitlements as a victim of crime. Other sections deal with what to do and where to find help.
Anyone affected by crime can contact the Victim Support Service for free and confidential help, regardless of whether they have reported the crime to the police or not.
Last updated: 18-Feb-2013
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