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  • Namita Pawa

I am a victim of crime, can you help me?

Updated: May 1

The short answer is yes we can.

The longer answer is that we encourage you to consider all of the following steps, pursue those that apply and then contact us for further assistance:

Ensure your Safety

If you are in immediate danger or need medical attention, prioritise your safety and well-being first. Call emergency services if necessary.

Seek Medical Attention

If you have been physically harmed, seek medical attention to assess and treat your injuries. Even if you don't think your injuries are severe, it's important to have them documented.

Report the Crime

You can do this by contacting your local police station to report the crime or by dialling 101. You will need to provide them with as much information as possible about the incident, including details of what happened, when and where it occurred, and any potential witnesses.

Gather Evidence

Collect any evidence that might be relevant to the crime, such as photos, videos, or any objects involved. This can be valuable for the investigation stage.

Stay in Touch with the Police

Stay in contact with the police and cooperate with their investigation. They may need additional information or statements from you as they progress.

Keep Records

Maintain a record of all interactions with the police including names and references numbers and their contact information in case you need to reach them at a later point.

Seek Support

Reach out to organisations that provide support for victims of crime, such as Victim Support or local support services. They can offer emotional support, guidance, and practical assistance.

Consider Legal Advice

Depending on the nature of the crime, you might want to seek legal advice to understand your rights and options, especially if the case goes to court.

Stay Informed

Stay informed about the progress of the case and any court proceedings. You have the right to be kept updated on the status of the investigation.

Victim Personal Statement

If the case goes to court, you have the opportunity to provide a Victim Personal Statement (VPS), where you can describe the impact of the crime on you physically, emotionally, and financially. This statement can be considered by the court during sentencing.

It is acknowledged that the police are stretched thin and therefore have limited resources available to take down all information that might be needed in an investigation. We have extensive experience in assisting clients with preparing a witness statement on their behalf before a matter is reported to the police. This often involved obtaining and gathering as much information as possible about what has happened, looking at documents and any other material in support. Collating all of the information into a witness statement, which explains clearly and concisely details about the offence that has been committed.

As criminal defence lawyers, we are uniquely positioned to know where gaps are often exploited and as such, we can ensure those potential gaps are addressed in the witness statement.

Once the statement is finalised, we can then assist you with submission to the police and are on hand to assist as the process unfolds.

Remember that you are not alone, and there are resources and support available to help you navigate the process as a victim of a crime.

Legal disclaimer: Articles are intended as an introduction to the topic and do not constitute legal advice. The information contained herein is accurate at the date of publication but please note that the law is ever changing and evolving. If you require advice in relation to any matter raised in this article please contact a member of the team.


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