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If you have been a victim, you may find it extremely helpful to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Friends and relatives may be trying to support you, but they may avoid talking about the crime because they think it will upset you. Or perhaps you don't want to bother those around you, or worry that you will upset them, so you keep it to yourself - which can be worse in the long run. This is why so many people find Victim Support helpful - because we understand the importance of talking about what has happened, and how the crime can affect you.
Our volunteers are specially trained to listen and to talk with you about how you are feeling. They will reassure you that your feelings are normal, and even healthy. We don't describe what we do as counselling, because that is usually something that helps people to think about their personality and life-style, and we are just helping you to deal with normal reactions to a distressing event. But there are some similarities in what we do. From working with millions of victims of crime over many years, we have found that sharing the often strong feelings that follow a crime can help to reduce the length of time people feel distressed.
We also provide practical help and information, for example, about replacing or repairing property, claiming compensation, and crime prevention. And we can help to guide you through the criminal justice system and other procedures, or go with you on visits to places such as the police station or hospital. We will also tell you if we think that you may need more specialist help and we can refer you to other, more suitable organisations.
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Page printed: 16 October 2019
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