Overarching Victim and Witness Support
If you have been a victim of, or have witnessed, any crime you get can help and advice from the Victim Care and Advice Service (VCAS). VCAS offers free, independent and confidential support for victims of any crime, witnesses and their families. They will provide support to help you cope with the immediate impact of the crime as well as supporting you with any long term recovery needs you might have.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VCAS0104 - @VCAS0104
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VictimCareandAdvice @VictimCareAndAdvice
Specialist Support Services
The Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner has also put a range of specialised support in place for victims of certain other crimes.
If you are, or have been, a victim of Domestic Abuse or are living in a situation where there is Domestic Abuse, specialist support is available from Harbour.
Harbour offers a range of support services such as advice, outreach and refuge accommodation to victims of Domestic Abuse and their families. Harbour services are available to anyone regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Harbour - https://www.myharbour.org.uk/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/MyHarbour @MyHarbour
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/harboursupportservices/ @harboursupportservices
Rape and Sexual Assault
Sexual violence takes many forms but one thing remains certain – the survivor is never to blame. If you need to talk to someone in confidence about rape or sexual assault, the Rape and Sexual Assault Counselling Centre (RSACC) can provide advice, counselling; one to one support from a trained Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA); access to support groups and a telephone help line.
Website - https://www.rsacc-thecentre.org.uk/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/RSACCdarlo @RSACCdarlo
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/RSACCdarlo/ @RSACCdarlo
The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides support for anyone from County Durham or Darlington who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Support is available for both males and females and is intended to help with both the physical and emotional needs of victims and their families. The Meadows will offer advice, support, counselling and sexual health screening as well as a forensic medical examination where appropriate.
The service is available as soon as the victim feels ready, whether they wish to report the assault to the police or not, if they do decide to report to the police, they can help with that too.
You can contact them on their 24 hour crisis support service and for referrals on :m03333 448283 (Option 2)
Forced Marriage, So Called Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation
The Halo Project supports victims of so called honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) by providing appropriate advice and support to victims and working with a range of other key agencies to ensure victims receive the appropriate interventions and advice necessary for their protection and safety.
Whether you want advice because you are concerned about yourself, a relative or a friend HALO can help.
Facebook: https://twitter.com/halo_project @halo_project
Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/Haloprojectuk @halprojectuk
If you or someone you know has been the target of hate because of your gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, skin colour, ethnicity or disability the Hate Crime Advocacy Service can provide free, impartial, confidential support that will help you to understand your options whether or not you choose to report the incident to the police. They will provide you with information in a way that you can understand, liaise with other organisations on your behalf ensuring that you are always in control and able to make informed decisions on the outcomes you’d like to achieve.
The Hate Crime Advocacy Service can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 01325 360524
In an emergency, always call 999. If it’s not an emergency but you want to speak to someone for advice call: 01642 683045 or 08081 788 424 (free phone)