Have you been the victim of a crime or trauma (this includes being a witness or family member of a victim)? Traumatic events like this can affect people in different ways. Here’s a summary of some common reactions to trauma, and some helpful ways to cope.
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The family group conference is your chance to have your say. This is where the young person, their family and others come together to talk about the offending and what can be done to put things right. You will be able to talk about how the crime affected you, physically, emotionally and financially. Your thoughts can be presented verbally or in a written Victim Impact Statement.
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The justice system can be a complex and confusing place for victims of crime. It’s important to understand that the criminal justice system – specifically that the courts are part of a system that’s concerned primarily with following a process that does not always translate into what the victim might view as “justice”.
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What to expect from Victim Support: Victim Support’s vision is that victims are in control of their own recovery. We’ll help you figure out what needs to happen and support you to try and get that. We won’t pressure you to do something you don’t want to do.
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