Get free help and advice if you’ve been a victim of crime.
Victims’ Information Service
Use the Victims’ Information Service to find support in your local area, for example:
- emotional support
- finding somewhere safe to stay
- finding someone to speak for you and get the help you need
If you join the Victim Contact Scheme, you’ll be:
Read the code of practice for victims of crime to find out what you’re entitled to.
How to join
You’ll be asked if you want to join the Victim Contact Scheme if:
- you’re the victim of a violent or sexual crime
- the offender is sentenced to 12 months or more
Find out more about the Victim Contact Scheme.
Take part in a restorative justice scheme
Contact your local victim support organisation, police force, or probation officer if you’d like to:
- meet the offender involved
- talk about how your life has been affected
- get answers to your questions and an apology
This kind of meeting is sometimes called ‘restorative justice’.
Contact the HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) Victims Helpline if you get unwanted letters, phone calls, texts or messages from a prisoner.
You can also contact the helpline if you’re worried about someone being released from prison.