What is a crime?
A crime is a deliberate act that causes physical or psychological harm, damage to or loss of property, and is against the law.
There are lots of different types of crime and nearly everyone will experience a crime at some point in their lives. Crime affects people from all backgrounds, locations and ages. In 2020–21, Victim Support staff and volunteers were in touch with 710,403 people affected by crime. We provided support to 153,100 victims of crime, 36% more than the previous year.
If you feel that you’ve been affected by crime in any way please contact us, even if you’re not sure that the incident or event was a crime. You’re not alone, and you can talk to us in confidence, regardless of when the crime took place or whether or not the police are involved.
Find out more about some of the different types of crime and help available. You can learn more about how we can help by reading the stories of some of the people we’ve supported over the years.
If you’d like any information on staying safe, take a look at some of our hints and tips.