While many crimes have fallen in recent years, sadly some types of violent crime have been on the increase. Both physical attacks and threats of assault are considered violent crime. Violent crimes are very serious crimes and can be very distressing for the victim.
Violence can take many different forms, such as:
- assault – both grave and criminal and common assaults
- sexual violence
- alcohol and drug-related violence
- gang violence
- domestic violence
- racist, homophobic, religious and disability hate crime
Incidents can happen anywhere – at home, in the street, in clubs and pubs, and at work or school. And it’s not always a stranger who commits a violent act – often the victim knows the person who attacks them.
How a violent crime can affect you
It can be extremely frightening to be the victim of a violent crime. As well as potentially suffering physical harm or injury – and the pain that can be caused – you can be very seriously affected emotionally. For example, many people find it hard to deal with the feeling of being powerless when someone is threatening them.
You may be in a state of total disbelief and feel numb. You could feel deeply upset and traumatised. You may feel like your life is completely out of control. You might be having physical symptoms such as ‘the shakes’, sleeplessness or crying all the time. You may feel extremely angry towards your attacker – or maybe you blame yourself for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of these reactions, and more, are completely normal responses to being a victim of violence.
We can help
Victims of crime are usually put in touch with Victim Support by the police. But you can also contact us directly, whether or not you want to report the crime to the police and regardless of when the crime happened. If you do decide to report the attack, our volunteers can go to the police station and to court with you. We can give you information about how the criminal justice system works and help you to claim compensation.
We can also help you to deal with the emotional effects of a violent crime. You can talk to our volunteers in confidence. You might just want to let off steam without bothering your friends and family. Maybe you want to get a better understanding of what you’ve been through and how you can get your life back on track.
Our trained volunteers are there to listen, to help you make sense of what’s happened, and to start to look forward to life again after a crime.
If you were attacked by your partner, ex-partner or a family member, you can talk to a volunteer who is trained in domestic abuse.
We will support relatives or friends of anyone who has been threatened or assaulted as we are aware the effects of crime can impact others as well as the direct victim.
Criminal Injuries Compensation:
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (Jersey) allows any victim of a crime which has happened in Jersey to claim compensation for their injuries. Injuries can be both physical and psychological. Compensation can also be claimed for loss of earnings and other expenses as a result of the crime. Victim Support will help you fill in the form and will act as your representative if you wish.
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Liaison with other organisations and agencies on behalf of victims:
Victim Support will help you in whatever way we can – should that be referring you to another agency that is better placed to help, or finding out what agencies there are to suit your needs. We will speak with other agencies on your behalf, for example housing and social security, should your circumstances have changed as a result of the crime.