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 to find 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 anyone 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 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.
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 partners). 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 the judiciary. The organisation provides free, fast and effective legal support to survivors of domestic abuse.
Refuge offers a range of services including refuge, outreach and resettlement support to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, stalking, honour-based violence, trafficking, forced marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.
SAIL is a registered charity, established in 1992, based in Chesterfield. We offer free, specialist counselling, drama therapy, art therapy and other complementary therapies for adults aged 18 and over in Derbyshire who has experienced childhood sexual abuse, incest or sexual violence.
We have peer groups and a move on group for those who have completed counselling.
This site provides information about domestic abuse and allows you to find support in your area.
Women’s Work provides group support, drop-in centre, outreach, one-to-one support and training for other organisations. The organisation also provides respite and advice and support to females who may have suffered domestic abuse, and substance misuse and had an involvement in street work.
RoadPeace, the national charity for road traffic victims, provides vital information and advocacy, practical and emotional support to those bereaved and injured as the result of a road crash. Support varies from telephone support, local group support, remembrance or trauma support for the bereaved and practical guidance in the form of justice and advocacy support regarding inquests and road death investigations. RoadPeace also educates and campaigns for a real reduction in danger on our roads.
To provide support to individuals who have lost someone close.
Derbyshire Mind is a local mental health association, affiliated to National Mind. They are working towards better understanding and less stigmatisation of mental health as well as supporting people within the community.
Respect is an organisation that offers support for a range of victims suffering from domestic abuse.
Dedicated to Derbyshire’s Ex-Forces community. Counselling sessions with a trained alcohol worker who has a particular awareness of the issues veterans and their families may experience. Giving advice, support and where appropriate a managed or medically assisted withdrawal from alcohol (detox). For a confidential chat please telephone us or drop in to see us at our main base in Chesterfield.