Once or twice a week I receive details of victims of crime who have indicated that, due to the effects of crime, they need help. These details include the name and address, contact numbers and a brief description of the crime they were subjected to. I also receive notice of what help the person has indicated they need, together with information regarding assistance that has already been put in place.
I volunteer because I believe that victims do require help with trauma after a crime. This work is a very constructive voluntary occupation, reaching very diverse people in diverse situations, suffering in many ways that can be alleviated by the intervention of another human being.
The rewards associated with this work are in witnessing the person improve. The healing may take weeks or much longer. The victim at times may seem to have lost hope of returning to a normal life, but, with discussions and professional assistance when necessary, eventually you hear “Thank you, I don’t need help anymore”. Success!