Victim Support (VS) is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Their specialist teams provide individual, independent, emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.
They are not part of the police, the courts or any other criminal justice agency. Their services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
They work locally to support people affected by crime, and campaign nationally to put their needs first, ensuring that they get the support they need and the respect they deserve. Together, they help people feel safer and find the strength to move forward after crime.
In Newcastle upon Tyne they work closely with Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council to provide support for victims of Anti-Social behaviour. They are also looking for volunteers to help us in this work. Specialist training and supervision is given to enable their volunteers to support victims in the following areas:
- Help victims cope with the emotional effects of being a victim of anti-social behaviour
- Support victims and other members of the family
- Liaise with other agencies on their behalf (e.g. housing/City Council)
- Help contact other agencies where further or long term specialist help or support is needed.