Letter: Coping with crime

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The Independent Culture
Sir: I am sorry that Julie Hynds (letter, 5 June) was offered help from Victim Support that she did not need.

During 1997-1998 more than 1,600,000 people disagreed with her. They did take up our offer of help following all kinds of offences from burglary to rape, racially motivated crime, theft and homicide. We provided practical help and emotional support, and enabled them to make choices about how to cope with the effects of crime.

Victim Support's staff and volunteers offer help to anyone, whether or not they have reported the crime. For some people, particularly those who have experienced rape or sexual crime, their first conversation about an event which may have happened years before is with us - and talking about it can and does transform their lives.

JENNY WATSON

Head of Media & PR

Victim Support

London SW9

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