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Coping and recovering after an assault

A referral was submitted by Northumbria Police requesting support for a 15 year old boy who had been assaulted.  As the victim was under the age of 18, a co-ordinator liaised with the officer in charge of the case to determine his parent/guardian details to enable initial contact to discuss his support needs.

A Victims First co-ordinator subsequently spoke with his mother to explain the support available and provided advice and reassurance about the criminal justice system. The co-ordinator became a single point of contact for the victim and his mother helping answer any questions they had and helping them manage their fears. They were offered support throughout the process to help them cope and recover and move forward from what had happened. 

The victim’s school was also made aware of what had happened and implemented their own emotional support and safeguards. Victims First continued to provide practical assistance by arranging a visit to the court ahead of the trial taking place to enable the victim to familiarise himself with the surroundings and to help alleviate some of his fears in respect of his attendance at court. The co-ordinator also updated the victim and his mother following the court outcome and signposted them to further practical support.  The victim’s mother was very grateful for the support throughout the process to both herself and her son and was very thankful for Victim First’s involvement.