Financial help available for violent crime victims

Financial Help for Victims of Crimes of Violence

A WEST Lothian Charity is leading the way in helping victims of crimes of violence to receive Criminal Injuries Compensation for their injuries. Over the last year two years, the organisation, which is based in Waverley Street Industrial Estate in Bathgate has secured over £1 million for innocent victims living in West Lothian.

Compensation can be paid to individuals who have been physically or psychologically injured as the result of a crime of violence.

Area co-ordinator Angela Hay said: “Demand for our services has grown over the last few years, particularly in the area or compensation. The services we provide are free and therefore whatever compensation is awarded is actually received by the victim. There are no legal fees and no administration costs.”

Compensation can be applied for up to two years after the incident and must have been reported to the police. The organisation recently received funding from West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network which has enabled them to open on Thursday until 7pm to help people who may not be available during normal opening hours to get assistance.

Victim Support is also looking for volunteers to participate in their foundation training taking place in February.

If you have been the victim of a crime and would like some support or advice or if you are interested in helping victims to overcome the impact and consequences of crime, call Victim Support on 01506 635050.