Victim Support at Court - Ireland : Volunteers that are silent Heros
They provide court accompaniment to victims of crime, their families and witnesses in trials involving major criminal offences such as murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, attempted murder, rape, sexual assault, assault, harassment, human trafficking, robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, arson and tiger kidnappings.
In addition They provide information on the court setting including pre-trial visits where there is an opportunity to visit the court beforehand and learn about court procedures. Victims, their families and witnesses are assisted during their time at court by trained volunteers who provide assistance and support during the trial process. They are given access to a secure private area away from the general public where they can feel safe and have privacy.
There mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment for victims of crime, their families or witnesses while they attend court.
a) Allowing victims of crime, their families or witnesses experience
a court setting in advance of the trial through accompanied visits to a
criminal court when the court is not sitting
(b) Facilitating them in their attendance at court by making available to them a private area away from the general public where they can feel safe and avail of privacy
(c) Referring such victims of crime, their families or witnesses to other support agencies or organisations as appropriate
(d) Recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to undertake the work of court accompaniment and related activities in a comprehensive and professional manner
(e) Promoting support for victims of crime generally.
Our vision is for a society which treats victims and survivors of crime with compassion, empathy and respect..