Victims of crime
Your rights as a victim
Support for victims
Specialist services for victims of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
All victims of crime in England and Wales have specific rights which are set out in the Code of Practice for Victims of Crime in England and Wales (or Victims’ Code). More information on the Victims’ Code can be found on the UK Government’s website.
The Gwent Police website provides information on what service you can expect from the police if you are a victim, or witness to crime.
Restorative justice gives the opportunity for people harmed by a crime and the people responsible for the harm to share how the crime has affected them. It lets everyone involved play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
More information on restorative justice
The community trigger gives victims of persistent anti-social behaviour the right to request a review of their complaints, and brings agencies together to take a joined up, problem-solving approach to find a solution.
Find out more about the community trigger
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner directly funds victim support services based within the Connect Gwent Victims’ hub. You can access Connect Gwent if you have been a victim of crime at any time in your life. You do not have to have reported this crime to the police to access support. Children and young people can also access specialist support.
The following agencies work within Connect Gwent:
Age Cymru Gwent
Provides emotional and practical support and access to wider services for people impacted by crime and antisocial behaviour who are 50+.
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Specialist mental health and well-being support for adult (18-65) victims of crime who are struggling with their mental health. This service is provided by a registered mental health nurse.
Support for adults, children and young people who have experienced rape or sexual abuse. Includes counselling and advocacy services.
Provides support to adults who have been impacted by an incident they feel was motivated by hate or hostility in relation to their (actual or perceived) gender or sexual identity as well as wider support to LGBTQ+ people impacted by crime or antisocial behaviour.
Umbrella Cymru also provides support to any young person (under the age of 18) affected by any crime and antisocial behaviour.
Provides support to help anyone affected by crime. This includes emotional, practical and advocacy support, help accessing local services and specialist support in relation to domestic abuse and hate crime.
For more information visit the Connect Gwent website, or call 0300 123 2133 / email email@example.com
Victims of domestic abuse or sexual violence can contact Live Fear Free which is a free service provided by the Welsh Government. Visit the Live Fear Free website or call 0808 8010 800.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner also works with a number of services across Wales and the UK that provide specialist help, advice and support to victims of violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Bawso provides specialist services for black, minority and ethnic residents in Gwent. Trained advisers are available to allow survivors to access help and support, and to offer guidance to those who are ready to report their experience to the police.
Call: 0800 731 8147
Cyfannol Women’s Aid (Horizon Sexual Violence Services)
Horizon Sexual Violence Services provides specialist support for individuals who have experienced any form of sexual violence. Trained advisers are available to help survivors access help and support, and to offer guidance to those who are ready to report their experience to the police.
Call: 03300 564456
Galop supports LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence. The charity specialises in supporting victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime, honour-based abuse, forced marriage, conversion therapies, and other forms of interpersonal abuse.
Call: 0800 999 5428
ManKind focuses on supporting male victims of domestic abuse.
Call: 01823 334244
New Pathways provides rape crisis and sexual abuse support services for adults and children. Trained advisers are available to allow survivors to access help and support, and to offer guidance to those who those who are considering reporting their experience to the police.
Call: 01685 379 310
Umbrella Cymru provides specialist emotional and practical support, information, and advocacy for LGBT+ victims of crime, including survivors of rape and sexual assault. Trained advisers are available to allow survivors to access help and support, and to offer guidance to those who are ready to report their experience to the police.
Call: 0300 302 3670