Young Victims Service
Providing support across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
What is the Young Victims Service?
Our Young Victims Service is one of Victims Firsts' specialist services. It is provided by SAFE! and is available to all under 18 year olds across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
The service works with young people who are dealing with the effects of crime and particularly specialises in supporting young people who have witnessed or been a victim of domestic abuse and sexual violence (please note the service supports victims of sexual violence under 16 years old. Those aged 16 or over can receive support through our Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service)
Many young people have been hurt by crime, with under 18s twice as likely to be victims of crime as adults, and the effects can often lead to negative feelings and struggling to cope wiith the impact of the crime.
- Has something happened which you need to talk about?
- Do you feel unsafe or worry about someone else being unsafe?
- Do you worry about something that has happened to you?
- Do you worry about something that has happened to someone else?
- Is it affecting your feelings, mood and/ or behaviour?
- Been sexually abused or assaulted
- Witnessed or been a victim of domestic abuse
- Been mugged, or physically assaulted
- Been abused by cyber crime
- Or been a victims of any other crime
If you answered yes to any of the above than the Young Victim Service can help you.
What support do we offer?
Being hurt by a crime can be tough. You might be coping with difficult feelings such as being angry, frightened, upset or guilty. You might want someone to talk to who will not judge you.
The SAFE! Project Workers will:
- Meet you where you feel most comfortable; at home, school or a community centre.
- Listen to you, and help you think about what you might want to do next.
- Give you space to talk about what happened and what you're going through.
- Help you think about keeping safe.
- Give you information about reporting a crime and what might happen if you do report.
- Give you information about who else might be able to help you.
We offer between six and twelve one-to-one sessions with a professional worker. It is up to you how much or how little support you get from us. You are free to stop support whenever you like.
Refer yourself or someone else to the service
If you would like to get support from our Young Victims Service for yourself or someone else you can do so by calling us or completing our
online referral form.