We are sorry to hear that you experienced a crime
We understand that this might have been a distressing experience, or that you might feel angry or frustrated.
We appreciate that you reported the incident. The decision to contact the police can be stressful, and you might be worried or concerned about its implications. If you would like advice or support, there are many people who can help.
The information in this section explains what will happen now and what you can expect from the Criminal Justice System. It also contains information about organisations that you can contact for free advice whether it's for practical information or emotional support.
This is what you can do to help the police
When you report a crime, there are a few things you can do to help with the investigation:
- Tell the police if you remember anything more about the offence after you made your statement.
- Alert the police straight away if you change your contact details - like your phone number or home address.
- Tell the police if the crime involved abuse, or if you think it was related to race, sexuality, religions, disability or gender identity.
Let the police know if you have any specific needs for example, if you have special mobility, communication or religious requirements.
What the police will do
When you have reported a crime, the police will let you know what happens next.
They will inform you whether or not the crime is being investigated further. If the investigation is closed, they will give you the reasons why.
If your case is investigated further, the police will give you information about its progress. You have a right to be kept informed about your case, so do ask your police contact for updates.