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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.

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.

No documents are required.

There are no fees.

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

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Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

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)