What is a Crime?
Are you uncertain whether you are or have been a victim of crime? Do you feel that something ‘wrong’ has happened but are not sure what to do next? Are you feeling anxious, confused or vulnerable? If you’re in any doubt, call our Helpline on 0800 160 1985.
When Can’t We Help?
In a small number of cases, we can’t help. For example, we don’t offer services relating to:
- Civil matters (divorce, personal disputes)
- Possession of drugs
- If you are seeking support relating to a crime for which you have been charged by the police
When Can We Help?
But in the case of nearly every other crime, such as those below, we’re here to help.
- Housebreaking & vandalism
- Domestic abuse (physical and emotional)
- Murder (bereavement by murder or violent death)
- Sexual crimes (assault, indecent exposure, rape)
- Harassment and stalking
- Hate crime (crimes relating to race, religion, sexuality, disability)
It does not matter whether the crime was reported to the police or if the crime took place a long time ago. You can still receive confidential support from Victim Support Scotland.