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Going to Court

Going to court if you’re a victim or prosecution witness

A Witness Care officer will be able to help provide details around the date, time and venue of the hearing and any changes along your journey.

If you have been the victim of a crime or witnessed a crime you may be required to attend the court as a prosecution witness. Attending court can sometimes be difficult especially if this is your first time. This can be an extremely daunting experience however your Victim’s First Coordinator can ensure you get the correct support and guidance you require.  Our team of fully trained coordinators will provide support through the journey of the court hearing and further should you feel the need. The coordination of support is vital throughout your cope and recovery process and your care is the coordinators main objective. The coordination will involve referring and signposting to various relevant services within the area.

It is important to understand the court process to help you prepare yourself for giving best evidence.

Please use the below links for all useful tools and queries you may have.

If you are still a bit daunted by the court process, these short videos by the Ministry of Justice UK might help explain the process in a step by step guide of what to expect.

  1. Introduction to Going to Court
  2. The Witness Care Unit
  3. The Justice process
  4. The essentials
  5. Which court?
  6. Who is in the courtroom?
  7. The trial – what to expect
  8. Frequently asked questions


Family Court Workers

Are you going through the Family Court process whilst being a victim of domestic abuse and/or controlling behaviours?

Victims First Northumbria has Family Court workers who are able to;


  • Listen and help support your throughout any Family Court Proceedings
  • Put special measures in place such as; separate waiting areas, entrances; screen and video links
  • Explain the court process and what is likely to happen before during and after court
  • Come into court with you to offer further support, take notes and explain what has happened after the hearing
  • Refer you and your family on to other agencies should you feel you need further support with any other issues
  • Be the link between agencies and attempt to keep you updated on the case throughout the process
  • We will always attempt to meet with you before court in order to build a trusting relationship

This is a free service with Victims First Northumbria and is available to victims of domestic abuse whether you have legal representation or not.


Give Victims First Northumbria a call on 0800 011 3116 or send us an email @