Victim Support Isle of Man is an independent organisation supporting victims of crime.
In 2006 it changed from a charity to a company limited by guarantee to protect its Trustees who are also volunteers.
The company has premises at 6 Albert Street, Douglas, near to Douglas Courthouse. The office is staffed full-time by manager, Paula Gelling (seated), Part time Welfare Officer Jen Hall (Right) Part time Welfare Officer Kelly Lean (Left) and Administrator Karen Gilson, along with invaluable assistance from volunteers.
Victim Support Isle of Man currently receives an annual 77,750 contribution from the Isle of Man Department of Home Affairs for its main work. No funding is received from Victim Support UK.
In addition fundraising takes place locally and all monies raised goes to the victims. However, they are in need of increasing funds to cope with increasing demands on their service.
It is independent of both the Government and the Isle of Man Constabulary although many of its clients are referred by the police.
The work of Victim Support Isle of Man includes assisting with criminal injury claims plus providing emotional support for victims of various offences including physical or sexual assaults, thefts, burglaries and criminal damage. They also support the families of people involved in fatal road collisions.
Their Witness Support volunteers provide moral support to people who are required to give evidence in court hearings. Many people who seek assistance from Victim Support Isle of Man are referred by the police but people can also approach them directly. Some people receive emotional support for traumatic experiences many years after the event. Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more in the Volunteers section.
The Victim Support office is normally staffed from 8.30am until 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (answering machine 24 hours), but please arrange an appointment to avoid disappointment.
Contact: Victim Support Isle of Man, 6 Albert Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2QA.
Telephone ( 01624) 679950. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org