It’s important to choose the right person to talk to. It should be an adult you feel safe and comfortable with, so it might be someone who has helped you before. There might also be people you don't want to talk to, particularly if they know the person responsible for the crime that has affected you. Among the people you could ask for help are:
- your parent or carer
- another member of your family
- a teacher
- your doctor
- a friend's parent or carer
- a school nurse or support worker
- a Victim Support supporter
- a coach or leader of an activity group
- a counsellor
- a religious leader
Remember, however difficult it is you will probably feel better just for talking about your feelings, and it is important that you are not struggling on your own to cope with the effects of a crime. People who care about you will want to help you.
If you are not comfortable asking someone you know, you can always ask for help from a professional – such as a doctor, teacher or counsellor – or someone with specialist training in helping young victims of crime, such as a Victim Support supporter.