We are very concerned by the rise in knife crime offences outlined today, with over 22,000 potential knife and offensive weapon offences making their way through the criminal justice system.

As an independent charity, which supports thousands of victims of knife crime each year, we know that this figure only represents a fraction of the human suffering caused by knife crime. Not only do we regularly support those directly affected, but also their families and witnesses to the crime.

It is vital that victims of knife crime, including the witnesses and families’ of the affected person, are able to seek the help and support they may need. Victim Support offers practical and emotional support after crime, regardless of whether it has been reported to the police. You can call our confidential, 24/7 Supportline on 08 08 16 89 111 or get help online.