Useful Organisations

Support services

You should be referred to, and have access to, free of charge confidential support services that can help you, according to your needs. These include the services provided by Victim Support NI and NSPCC Young Witness Service.

Victim Support NI helps people who have been a victim of, or witness to, a crime. They provide emotional support, information and practical help to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime by offering community and witness services and help in applying for compensation. They can provide services even if you do not wish to report the crime. They can refer you to specialist support services, where appropriate and available. To talk confidentially about what happened to you, or any concerns that you have, you can phone Victim Support NI on 028 9024 3133.

The NSPCC Young Witness Service provides support and information for children and young people under the age of 18 who may have to give evidence in court. The service also aims to help parents and carers support their child or young person through the court process.

Additional help is also available for specific crime types or type of victim:

Children and Young People:

Domestic Abuse/Violence:

Hate Crime:


Older People:

Road Traffic Death:

Sexual Abuse/Violence:


Contact details for support organisations, including specialist support services (for example, for bereaved families or for victims of domestic and sexual abuse or violence, hate crime or trafficking) can be found at Annex C of the Victim Charter or at Victim Support Organisations.