I am related to a victim, am I entitled to support?
Bereaved close relatives are considered victims of crime. Close relatives refer to the spouse, the partner, the relatives in direct line, the siblings and the dependants of the victim. Parents of victims who are under 18 years of age are also usually entitled to receive services under the Victims’ Code. Other family members, including guardians and carers, may be considered close relatives at the discretion of the relevant service provider.
Victim Support can provide practical and emotional support to victims of crime and also their friends and family that may also be affected. If you have a child under the age of 18, specially trained volunteers can work with you to show you ways to support your child. The Witness Service will also support friends and family of victims in court.