“Victim Support is here to help anyone affected by crime, not only victims and witnesses, but their friends, family and any other people involved.

While some people describe what we do as counselling that is not quite right. Instead we call the work we do to help victims and witnesses to cope ‘emotional support’,
whereby we help victims and witnesses of crime to cope with emotional stress.

Working with such clients can be very rewarding however it comes with its very own difficulties and can be emotionally challenging.

What we do is similar to counselling, but it’s not the same. Counselling is a very specific type of therapy practised by qualified professionals who analyse a person’s entire life and history to help them understand themselves better. That’s not something most victims of crime need – usually, they just need some help dealing with the emotional turmoil caused by being a victim.
Within this meeting we will look at the various components of the journey of a victim of crime, which includes challenges you may face when working.

We will also touch on ways in which counselling can enhance their journey.”