Supporting Victims of Crime

We have been awarded funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria to deliver civil law legal support to the most vulnerable victims of crime.

We will take a novel approach to supporting victims of crime, by offering a specialist legal advice service to address the legal issues in civil and family law that may have contributed to their vulnerability to becoming a victim of crime.

For example:

  • Being unable to divorce a spouse;
  • Having an irregular immigration status that leaves them open to exploitation;
  • Being a victim of Trafficking
  • Needing an FGM Protection Order.

We feel that resolving these issues will help these clients to reduce their chances of becoming victims of crime in the future as well as helping them achieve legal resolution that will support their recovery.

We will provide a legal advice and casework service run by two community paralegals, to work with clients, supported and supervised by qualified and experienced solicitors, to resolve their wider legal needs via casework and representation.

This may include: family law advice, immigration advice, debt advice, specialist level welfare benefits advice, education law, housing law and discrimination law advice.

We are unable to provide advice on matters that involve financial settlement including separation, fraud, wills and probate and property ownership disputes.

How to refer

We take referrals from Victims First but we can also take direct referrals from clients

Please contact our Community Paralegals: Jason or Tristan on 0191 230 4777

Criminal Injuries Compensation Applications

We run a weekly CICA advice line: 10am – 12noon every Thursday.

Please telephone: 0191 230 4782

This service is only available for people living in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. We offer a service to help you understand your eligibilty to apply and the process. We are not able to make applications on behalf of a client