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Victim Support can help victims of any crime and those who have been affected by a crime committed against someone they know.

Victim Support services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened. 

Victim Support are not part of the police, the courts or any other criminal justice agency.

Victim Support have a number of specially trained volunteers and they offer:

  • someone to talk to in confidence
  • information on police and court procedures
  • help in dealing with other organisations
  • information about compensation and insurance
  • information on other sources of help

Victim Support accept self-referrals or can be referred by an outside agency with their explicit consent.

Victim Support also run specialist projects, including Turning the Spotlight, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor and Restorative Justice.

Please visit their website www.victimsupport.org.uk to find out more.

Support During the Criminal Justice Process

Cumbria Constabulary are commited in supporting victims and witnesses during the criminal justice process. The police offer dealing with your report will get a "first account" of the incident from you and will want to know as much information about the incident as you can give them.

Very often we work in close co-operation with our local partners, such as Victim Support and Citizen's Advice. 

Useful Information 


- Select Here to download a copy of the Ministry of Justice's Information for Victims of Crime leaflet

- Select Here to download a copy of the Witness Charter leaflet

- Select Here for the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime and supporting public information materials

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