Almost 50,000 people are referred to Victim Support Northern Ireland for help every year and many others contact us directly, whether or not they have chosen to report a crime. It is only possible for us to offer help to so many people because over 250 trained volunteers give freely of their time and energy to support victims of crime in their local community. The costs involved in the recruitment, training and day-to-day support we provide to this vast volunteer workforce are considerable.
Victim Support receives core funding from the Northern Ireland Office to deliver services to victims of crime and to contribute to the process of the development of Government policy towards victims. However, as an independent charity Victim Support must raise additional money to carry out its vital work. Money is raised through events, European Union funding programmes, trusts and foundations, and the Community Fund.
Although Victim Support is meeting the needs of so many people, there is much more we could do if only the funds were available. Areas of work for which we urgently need funds include:
- developing our support services for children and young people who become victims of crime
- raising awareness of our Supportline number and the help that is available, whether or not someone has reported a crime. This service is particularly important for victims of unreported crimes, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, race crime and stalking.
- providing practical information to help people who become victims of racial harassment and bullying and reassurance about the feelings they may experience following a crime
- enhancing our training of volunteers to achieve the highest standards, consistently across the country.
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- become a 'friend of Victim Support'.
If you would like to make a difference to the lives of people affected by crime, please consider becoming a Victim Support volunteer and contact your local branch.
All current vacancies in England, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed on Victim Support's national website.
Chair of Board of Directors: Greta Mahood
Chief Executive: Susan Reid.
Registered limited liability number: NI20562
Inland Revenue registered charity number: XN88452.
Copies of Victim Support Northern Ireland's Annual report and Corporate plan are available on request.
The National Association of Victims Support Schemes is the national body to which Victim Support Northern Ireland is affiliated. It develops policies for Victim Support's own services and for the treatment of victims and witnesses generally.
Information about the National Association is available on Victim Support's national website.