“Whoever the victim, and whatever the crime, we will always put them first and give the best possible support, care and advice”

Young People

VFN and You!


Welcome to Victims First Northumbria. We offer support to anyone who has been the victim of a crime, even if you choose not to report this to the police. We believe that it’s really important to tell young people about our service, what choices you have about what might happen next when you’ve been the victim of crime and what support options are available to you.
We are here to help, if you would like to talk.
We believe you have the right to have your voice heard. We are here to give you that voice.

Victims Code of Practice

Understanding Your Rights as a Victim of Crime
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Court Witness Booklet
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  • It’s really good and supportive. I can actually speak to you and feel comfortable and not ashamed.
  • The course was excellent, well-resourced and presented. It definitely met the needs as a valuable workshop within our schools.
  • There is support and there is always someone to talk to about crime.
  • The students have a much clearer understanding of the role VFN has to play in the life of a victim of crime.
  • Can’t sing your praises enough. Your work completely fits in with the Force focus and objectives. I would defs link in with you in the future! Thank you.
  • The school input is excellent – it’s engaging and gets them to think as opposed to just talking to them. I imagine the young students take a lot away from the input.
  • Thank you so much for the presentation, it was really useful for both the students and I.

What’s New?

What have we been up to?

  • Trauma Teddies
  • Raised over £200 towards a new interactive courtroom feature for our website through staff fundraising.
  • Ongoing Christmas Card initiative in partnership with St Oswald’s
  • Mental Health First Aid Training meaning our staff are better equipped to deal with young people who suffer from poor mental health.

Community Outreach 

  • Safety Works & Excelsior

Upcoming Events



Confidentiality Notice

At Victims First we believe you have the right to talk to us privately and for your information not to be passed on to other people (like parents or staff at school), without you being told, or having firstly agreed to this.

The only time this may not happen, is if you tell us that you or somebody else is at risk of harm and out telling someone might stop you or them being placed in further danger or harmed in some way.  If we felt we needed to tell someone without asking for your permission, you would be told about what we were going to do.

Believe in Communication

Moving Forward

Restorative Justice

Repairing the Harm caused by Crime

RJ Cartoon

Believe in Feeling Better

What are you putting in your coping tool kit?

Click here to bring up Tool Kit

Believe in Safety

Quiz – Take our safety quizzes and test just how safe aware you are!

Watch – Learn more about ways to stay safe online and in the community with our Safety Videos (Click on the Officer to watch the video).


Safety Sense Quiz
Healthy Relationships Quiz

Believe in Support

The Tyneside Mind Mood Tracker is an interactive mood rating system and personal journal.

Rate your mood as often as you like, wherever you are.
Keep a mood journal to record details of your situation.
Track events, activities and triggers like exercise, medication and sleep.
See how your mood changes from day to day and week to week.
Spot patterns in your mood and behaviour.




Believe in Community Outreach

Meet Violet, Farah and Niall. These are our Victims First Northumbria Mascots. Across the region these guys will be helping us spread the word about how we can help young people and children who have been victims of crime. If you spot them make sure to say hi.

Referring to Victims First or getting in touch with us.

If you are a young person or know of a young person who has been significantly affected by a crime and would benefit from some advice and support please contact the Children and Young Persons Mailbox here

What To Do If You Are Concerned About Someone: Children’s Social Services

Reporting a Crime

101 is the number to call Northumbria Police for any non-emergency issues such as minor traffic collisions, criminal damage or about an issue affecting your community.