Support and help if you have been affected by a crime

How we support victims of crime

If you have been affected by crime, there are specialist support organisations which can help you through this difficult time.

In an emergency, such as when someone is injured, being threatened, or in danger always call 999 immediately.

Direct crime involvement is someone who has:

  • has been harmed, physically, mentally, emotionally, or financially by a crime
  • is a close relative of someone who has died because of a crime

Impact on witnesses

Crime can also affect those who may have witnessed or heard the incident taking place.

We have a self-care leaflet available in 12 different languages with advice for those who have experienced or witnessed a serious crime incident.

Specialist support services

There are several specialist support services available:

  • Kooth is Lambeth’s free, safe, online anonymous place for young people to access online support and counselling.
  • Lambeth Talking Therapies Service is available to anyone who is over the age of 18 and registered with a Lambeth GP.

Non-residents and residents can access 24/7 online help services from Victim Support 

You can access the service on a self-referral basis. 

  •  Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting people who have experienced or witness crime.

You can access support 24/7 via the free online live chat service or free support telephone line 0808 168 9291.

  • the Gaia Centre provide support to Lambeth based survivors of all gender-based violence - including sexual violence and domestic abuse. Support available by telephone, email, and text, whatever's safest.

You can contact the Gaia Centre on 0207 7733 8724 between 9am-5pm. Outside of office hours and on the Bank Holidays, tel: 0207 7733 872407 7733 8724.

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