Victim First

Victim First is a free, independent and confidential service for victims and witnesses of crime across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Victim First can offer support to victims or witness of hate crime by providing:

Emotional Support; caseworkers are trained to listen, to empathise and to recognise the emotional impact that crime can have on a victim. Someone to talk to face to face (home visits or community visits), over the phone. We would provide information and advice on your specific circumstances.

Access to Specialist Support; we can either signpost you to an appropriate organisation or make a direct referral with your consent. We will always offer follow up support to ensure you do not feel you are being passed from person to person.

Restorative Justice; we have restorative justice specialists as part of our team, who can explore giving you the opportunity to communicate with the person who has offended against you

Mental Health Support; we have access to mental health nurses to ensure specialist support is given around your mental wellbeing.

Crime Prevention Measures; direct access to target hardening service who provide crime prevention assessment and measures within 48 hours of referral.

Advocacy; we can communicate on your behalf to help you to access services you are entitled to e.g. seeking support from local housing authority