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What to do When you’ve Been Affected by Crime

So, you’ve become a victim of crime and need to know what to do. It’s OK, we’re here to help you. You might be wondering where to start, particularly if you haven’t decided whether or not to report the crime.

Speaking to the police might feel scary, but they are also there to help you. You can find out how to report a crime here (link to ‘how to report a crime’ under ‘young victims of crime’ section). We will help guide you through the process and let you know what you can expect to happen. If, at any time, you want to chat to us again because it’s feeling a bit daunting then we’ll still be here.

If you decide that you really don’t want to speak to the police, then that’s absolutely fine. You should never be forced into doing something that doesn’t feel comfortable. All that we ask is that you make sure you speak to someone. Be it us, your parents (or other family members), or a teacher.

If you choose to talk to us then we will work with you, using various methods, such as face-to-face and online work, that will empower you to move forward from your experience of becoming a victim of crime.

We will tailor the support you need based on what you would prefer and what works for you. If you’d like to text, email or sit down with someone we can make it happen. Talking about how you’re feeling is half the battle, so we want to make this as easy as we can for you. Check out the ‘how to contact us page if you want to talk.