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Northern Ireland

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Victim Support Northern Ireland

Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland

NSPCC

SAMM NI (Support after murder and manslaughter)

Victim Support Northern Ireland

Victim Support is a local charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across Northern Ireland.

Victim Support Northern Ireland

  • provides emotional and practical support to victims of crime
  • provides support to prosecution witnesses in all criminal courts across Northern Ireland
  • speaks out as the Northern Ireland voice for victims and witnesses and campaigns for change

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/help-and-support-for-victims-of-crime

For the contact details of the local offices of Victim Support click here.

Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland

Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland is a key local charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Women’s Aid Federation of Northern Ireland

  • believes that women and children have a right to live their lives free from all forms of violence and abuse, and society has a duty to recognise and defend this right
  • aims to empower women who have been affected by domestic violence
  • provides services run by women which are based on listening to survivors
  • supports and reflects diversity and promote equality of opportunity
  • aims to meet the needs of children affected by domestic violence
  • promotes cohesive inter-agency responses to domestic violence and develop partnerships

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.womensaidni.org/

NSPCC

The NSPCC Young Witness Service provides support before, during and after a trial to children under 18 years who have to give evidence in court.

The NSPCC aims

  • to provide direct support, assistance and information to children and young people under the age of 18 years who may have to give evidence in Crown Courts
  • to complement the support to young witnesses with support to their carers and/or families
  • to provide a consistent, structured service in a tailored manner, this takes account of each young witness’ individual needs and the legal context
  • to provide support before, during and after trial, including undertaking the role of accompanying adult in TV link cases
  • to create through the support process an opportunity for the young witness to feel empowered by the experience thus increasing the likelihood of positive therapeutic outcomes
  • to understand the impact of testifying on young witnesses and their families, taking into account the young witness’ age, level of understanding, race, culture, gender and ability, having regard to the research on young witness’ understanding of courts
  • to articulate a young witness’ needs and requirements within the court process and secure arrangements that will alleviate the adverse effects of giving evidence
  • to ensure that issues relating to onward referral are identified and actioned

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Childline: 0800 1111 (free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children in danger or distress) or http://www.childline.org.uk/

SAMM NI (Support after murder and manslaughter)

Support after murder and manslaughter is a registered independent charity, which offers emotional support to those bereaved through murder and manslaughter.

SAMM NI (Support after murder and manslaughter)

  • works to promote for the benefit of the public any charitable purpose directed to assisting those who have lost through death resulting from murder, manslaughter or unlawful killing of their relative or friend
  • aims to promote and protect good health, both mental and physical, to relieve poverty and sickness and to advance education in matters of the nature of grieving and bereavement
  • supports, through contact between members, those who have lost a member of their family or close friend as a result of homicide
  • aims to promote good health, both mental and physical, for those bereaved through homicide that they may eventually become strong enough to live positively in the future

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.samm.org.uk/

Last update: 14/03/2019

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