anyone can be a victim of crime Victim Support Northern Ireland is the charity which helps people affected by crime. It is a completely independent organisation, offering a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported.

Each year Victim Support Northern Ireland offers help to almost 50,000 people who have been affected by crime.

Help for victims

We provide help through a network of local branches across the whole of Northern Ireland. Staff and volunteers in these branches offer emotional support, information and practical help to people who have suffered crimes ranging from burglary to the murder of a relative, in confidence. They can provide:

If you would like to use our services, please contact us - details of our offices and branches are available on our website.

Victim Support can also arrange for a volunteer to accompany you to the police station and to court.

If you prefer, you can contact Victim Support's national telephone supportline - Victim Supportline - on 0845 30 30 900.

Help for witnesses

For many witnesses and victims, going to court can be a frightening and bewildering experience.

Victim Support runs a Witness Service, based in the Laganside Courts Complex in Belfast. Staff and volunteers are trained to provide support and information about the court process to witnesses, victims and their families, before, during and after the trial. Where children are witnesses, the NSPCC are the lead agency for service provision, and do this in partnership with Victim Support.

By April 2005, adult witnesses in any of the criminal courts in Northern Ireland will be able to receive help.

The Witness Service can offer: