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Assistance for victims of crime

When dealing with courts and other authorities, victims of crime and their relatives often feel misunderstood and left alone when it comes to problems and conflicts resulting from the crime. In criminal proceedings, the focus is usually on the victim's role as a witness. However, victims' needs go far beyond criminal proceedings and social law claims. In addition to security against further crime, they also include coping with the trauma resulting from the crime, assistance in restoring the dignity of the victim and in compensating for the harm suffered and, finally, the recognition that only the victim can decide what support he or she needs.

The victim support offices of the competent body specifically offer the following assistance to victims:
  • psychosocial care and counselling,
  • mediation for further help and counselling services,
  • Accompaniment to court, authority, lawyer and doctor appointments,
  • Support for applications.
Victims also receive information on financial assistance and entitlements.
The following financial assistance may be available. possible:
  • unbureaucratic emergency aid
  • Assistance in compensating for material and non-material damage
  • Financial assistance for offers for psychological stabilization, such as trauma counseling of trauma therapy measures and devices for personal
  • Protection.
The victim helpers of the victim support offices also arrange financial support from other victim support organisations.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Stiftung Opferhilfe Niedersachsen. In addition, those affected can find help from WEISSER RING e.V., the only nationwide private, victim support organization.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

There are no fees.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)