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Losing someone through a violent act is a devastating experience. Immediately afterwards you may have strong and overpowering feelings. Every person experiences bereavement differently and often feelings change from day to day. Over a period of time, you may feel a wide range of emotions. Talking about the experience can help.
Victim Support has staff and specially trained volunteers who have time to listen and are able to support people bereaved by violent crime. Our volunteers can visit you in your home or can arrange to see you elsewhere. If needed, they can arrange to see you on a regular basis over a period of time. The help they give is confidential and free.
As well as offering emotional support, we can help you to deal with practical demands and pressures. We can help with claiming Criminal Injuries Compensation and can provide you with information about the criminal justice system, including the role of the Coroner. Victim Support volunteers can accompany you to the police station or to the Coroner's court and our Witness Service can support you in court. If you need specialist information, we can put you in touch with other people who can help, such as SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter), the self-help network for people bereaved by violent crime.
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Page printed: 16 October 2019
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