If you have been a victim of crime, don’t suffer in silence. Even if you do not want to report the crime to the police, think about telling a trusted friend or family member so they can help and support you. Nottinghamshire Victim CARE can also provide you with help and support even if you do not want to report the crime to the Police.
Victim CARE can provide:
Call Nottinghamshire Victim CARE on 0800 304 7575.
If you do want to report the crime to the police please see our page on reporting a crime.
Robbery is where someone uses force or the threat of force to steal something from you. This can cover being robbed as an individual, in what might be referred more commonly to as ‘mugging’, or as a business in cases where violence is threatened in order to steal cash or goods.
Theft is defined as when someone ‘dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving it’ – meaning that the offender has no intention of returning to you what they have taken. This could cover having your handbag stolen, shoplifting or having your bike stolen.
Try to note down everything that has been stolen. You might need to provide evidence to show the value of items you intend to claim for. Try to gather receipts, ownership documents or photos – or any evidence of purchase from bank statements.
Contact the number on your insurance policy as soon as you feel able to. You will need to explain in detail what exactly happened, so it can be helpful to do this when it is fresh in your memory.
You will also need to provide insurers with your crime number – the officer in your case should have provided this to you after taking your statement. If you don’t have this or can’t remember, you can contact 101 and they can provide it after taking a few details.
If you were injured as part of a robbery you might be entitled to apply for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. As defined by the scheme, blameless victims who have been injured as part of a violent crime could be awarded compensation – for more information on the scheme and eligibility visit the government website here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/criminal-injuries-compensation-a-guide#eligibility
Looking After Yourself
Everyone reacts differently to experiencing a crime. It is important however to recognise that whatever has happened to you, it can still feel like a violation.
If you have any physical injuries, it is important that you get these checked out as soon as possible at either a walk in centre or Accident and Emergency – you can find your local urgent care centre here https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Urgent-Care/LocationSearch/0
You might also find that you feel suddenly quite emotional, you might struggle to sleep properly or feel anxious being in your home or out and about. It is important that you recognise that all of these are not unusual to experience following any crime.
Some ways you can help yourself during this time:
The NHS Moodzone pages have a lot of tips on how to boost your emotional wellbeing which you can find here.
Here are some tips to feeling safer: