Young victims

Extra help from the start

If you're under 18, there is help available to you, and your family or guardian, after a crime.

You don't have to report the crime to the police to get the support you need. You can use the search box at the top of this website to find help nearby.

If you do want to report the crime, you can do so by calling 101, attending your local police station or using the Report Online Form. 

If you are in danger, or it is an emergency, please call 999.

What happens if you report a crime?

When you talk to the police you can have someone with you, they'll just need to be over 18 years old. 

If you've seen the crime, you might be asked to describe what happened in a witness statement. This can be recorded on video, so you don't have to repeat it in court.

The investigating police officer will let you know in one working day what's happening with the suspect - for example, if they're being allowed home before going to court.

You can find out more on the Sussex Police website. 

If your case goes to court

Sussex Police will pass your details to a Witness Service who will be in touch with you before the trial date.

They can answer your questions about what will happen throughout the court process and will support you until your case is finished.

For children and young people, if the trial is going to a Magistrates Court your details will be passed to Citizens Advice Witness Service. If it is going to a Crown Court your details will be passed to the Sussex Young Witness Service.

You can find out more about the court process in our Going To Court section. 

After the trial

Your parent or guardian might be able to join the Victim Contact Scheme. If they do, they'll be kept up to date with what's happening with the offender after they go to prison. 

They can also give their thoughts on any rules they must follow when they come out of prison - for example, staying away from where you live.

I need more information

You can find more information in Frequently Asked Questions for Young Victims

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