Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
Support for Crime Victims in Bedfordshire
  Call Services for Bedfordshire on 0800 0282 887
Finance and benefits
If you have been a victim of crime, you might be entitled to financial help to make life easier following your experience. If you are unsure how to find out more about this process, a number of organisations exist providing free advice and support to ensure you receive any financial entitlement you are entitled to.
Am I eligible to make a claim?
You might qualify for financial help if you:-
  • Are a victim of crime
  • Are a close relative of someone who has died because of a crime.
  • Have witnessed a serious crime, intervened and were seriously injured.
What type of financial help is available?
Victims of crime can receive financial help in a number of ways. Here are the two main sources:-
Insurance
If you are a victim of vandalism, burglary or theft, your car or home insurance policy might provide cover to pay for the damage or loss. To find out if this is the case, contact your insurer or read through your policy carefully. Insurance providers usually require a crime reference number to process a claim so the crime must be reported to the police (on the 101 number.)
There are various benefits available for people recovering from serious injuries. If a relative has died as a result of crime, you might also be able to claim bereavement benefits. You can also apply for financial help if you have to take time off low-paid work because you’ve been the victim of a violent crime. A list of organisations offering free advice and information to help you apply for any benefits you’re entitled to is below.
Compensation
A victim is sometimes granted compensation by a judge during sentencing of an offender. This is known as a Compensation Order. You might also be able to apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) if you are unable to receive compensation from anywhere else. The process can be drawn out and is not suitable for people who need urgent financial help. You might be able to claim compensation if you were the victim of a violent crime. This includes if:
- you were injured
- a close relative died
- you saw the crime happen to a loved one or were there immediately afterwards
- you paid for the funderal of a person who died

You usually have to claim within two years of the crime. The crime must have been reported to the police bfore you apply.

Victims of serious crime abroad, or terrorist incidents, may also be entitled to compensation.

Care Co-ordinators in the Signpost Hub can support you in making your application through www.cica-criminal-injuries.co.uk
Where can I get advice?
You don’t need to hire a solicitor or claims management company to apply for any of the financial help above. The following organisations provide free advice:-
Local Listings
Supporting Victims of Crime
National Listings
Crimestoppers Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers is an independent charity helping police locate criminals and solve crimes through anonymous reporting. The site also provides crime prevention advice for a number of crimes.
There are no national support services for this in our directory

If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of crime, please talk to one of our advisors on 0800 0282 887