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Young victims of crime: support
If you've been a victim or witness of crime, you might feel worried, angry, or alone. Everyone is affected by crime in their own way, and different crimes can affect people differently too.
You can get support to cope, whether you decide to tell the police what happened or not.
Get in touch with someone
You might be told that you should not tell anyone about what's happening, but you should talk to someone whenever you're not sure.
You should also talk to someone if you think a crime might be happening to someone you know.
If you're under 12
Get in touch with Childline on 0800 1111. The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will listen to you and help you work out what to do next. You can also chat online.
Childline is free from your home phone, mobile or any public phone box and will not show up on a home or mobile phone bill.
If you're over 12
You can still call Childline. You can also call Victim Support Scotland on 0800 160 1985. This number is not free, but they can talk to you about any worries you have and how they can help.
If you're under 16
If your mum has been hurt by your dad or her partner, Cedar may be able to help. Find contact details for your local Cedar project.
After you've called
You can carry on getting support, such as:
- help with how you're feeling
- support with anything you might need to do, such as talking to the police or going to court
To get an idea of the help you can get take a look at the Victim Support Scotland website.
As a victim of crime, you have rights. The Victims' Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.
If you're an adult and you're worried about a child, there are a number of lines you can call for help:
NSPCC Scotland has a helpline on 0808 800 5000 – you can also make a report anonymously online if you're worried about a child
ParentLine Scotland can give advice on 08000 28 22 33 if you're looking after or caring for a child
Cedar offers support to parents and children who have been victims of domestic abuse
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