Northumbria Victim & Witness Service is dedicated to helping people affected by crime in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Our mission

At Northumbria Victim & Witness Service we provide victims and witnesses with support after crime, regardless of who they are and their circumstances.

Our service is independent, non-judgemental and confidential and we offer free advice after crime. We provide bespoke support, personalised to the needs of each individual.

Northumbria Victim & Witness Service support more than

25,000 victims every year.

Support when you need it most

NVWS provides information, practical help, emotional support and guidance through the criminal justice system.

We offer specialist services and support following domestic abuse, sexual violence, hate crime and much more. We empower people to cope with the aftermath of a crime and find the strength to move forward with their lives.

How we can help

We have paid, trained staff, supported by dedicated volunteers, who assist us to provide high quality support to those affected by crime.

The service is funded by both the Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner and Northumbria Police.

How we're funded

To ensure the right help is available to all victims and witnesses of crime, Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness part funds the Northumbria Victim and Witness Service as well as a range of specialist support services. 

Her priorities centre around fighting crime, preventing crime and improving lives. As part of this work, Kim is committed to ensuring victims of crime get the best possible support and that they are put at the heart of the criminal justice system.

Find out more about the work of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

“NVWS is a vital service and whoever the victim, and whatever the crime I want to make sure the victim is always put first and is given the best possible support, care and advice.”
Kim McGuinness
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Our details.

If you’ve been affected by crime and would like our help, there are several ways to get in touch with us:
Opening times

Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm

Call us
0800 011 3116
Text us