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

Victim Care Merseyside 

Victim care is of the utmost importance to Merseyside Police. We are committed to ensuring victims are fully supported and kept informed at all stages of a case.

If you are a victim of crime in Merseyside, our officers will ensure you have a point of contact for enquiries about your case. They will also provide information about your rights and entitlements under the Victims’ Code and how you can access support services via Victim Care Merseyside.

The Victim Care Merseyside website is a comprehensive directory of support services available to victims of crime. These services are commissioned by Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver specialist support to help you cope and recover from the crime you have suffered. The website also provides further information on topics including your rights, compensation, the Victim Contact Scheme, Victim Right to Review and the support we’ll help you with should you need to attend court to give evidence.

You can find the right service to help you in your local area by browsing the Victim Care Merseyside website or referring to the victim information leaflet provided by the officer attending your reported crime.