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Getting Help for a Relative or Friend

Are you concerned about a relative or friend who has been a victim of crime? Or are you suffering because a relative or friend has been a victim of crime? We can offer help in both circumstances.

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If you need support because you are supporting a victim of crime, you are entitled to access our services. Call our Helpline now on 0800 160 1985 or find out more about how we can help.

What To Expect

If you want help for a relative or friend, encourage them to speak with us. Don’t take offence if they are not sharing their thoughts and feelings with you – it’s a common reaction after crime. Victims of crime don’t like to burden their family and friends or simply don’t want to re-live the experience. This can result in a delayed reaction to the event. It doesn’t matter when the crime happened or whether it has been reported to the police – we’re here to help.

Common Reactions

There are common reactions and emotions often shared by victims of crime:

  • A fear of leaving the house
  • Flashbacks to the event
  • Nightmares
  • A sense of being ‘overwhelmed’
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Tearfulness

Some people will recover after a few weeks, but for others, the experience is far more traumatic and long-lasting.


We’ve prepared a simple questionnaire to help people assess their feelings. You can download the questionnaire here: Common Reactions After A Crime

How We Can Help

Whether you pick up the phone or encourage your friend or relative to do so, it’s a significant and positive step. We will:

  • Listen to you
  • Give you time to talk
  • Understand the impact that the crime has had on you and others around you
  • Help you to understand and cope with how you are feeling
  • Help you to identify and agree the support that you need

We’re here at the end of the phone and offer face-to-face support in a safe environment.

Call our Helpline now on 0800 160 1985. Alternatively, you can find the Victim Support Scotland office closest to you.

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