1. What to expect as a victim or witness of a crime
2. What happens after you report a crime?
3. Victims' Right to Review scheme
4. Giving a witness or victim statement
5. Going to court
6. What happens after the trial?
7. Victim and witness support organisations

Victim Support

A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime to cope with and recover from their experience. It offers services not only to victims and witnesses, but also to their friends and family.

If it doesn't have an office in your area, it can point you to local help.

It also runs My Support Space, a free, safe, secure and confidential space where you can choose how you want to be supported. Register for My Support Space - it's quick and easy.



Citizens Advice Witness Service

A national charity and network of local charities offering confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.

If you’re a witness at a criminal court in England or Wales, you can get free and independent support from the Citizens Advice Witness Service. It doesn’t matter who you’re a witness for, you can still get help.



Victim and witness information

A website that helps victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales. It has information on what happens after reporting a crime, the people you might meet, the support you should get and how to complain if something goes wrong.


Local support

Your local support centre

You can email us or or phone the local victim care team in Essex on 0808 17 81 694. Lines are open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. If you need support outside these hours, call the support line for free on 0808 16 89 111.

Or write to:

Suite 5
The Chequers
High Street
Ingatestone
Essex
CM4 0DG 

Essex Restorative and Mediation Service

Information about the Essex Restorative and Mediation Service who can help people harmed by a crime or conflict can be found here.