While investigating your case, the Gardaí will decide whether you need special supports or protections.
Among the things they will consider when making their decision are your personal circumstances and the type and circumstances of the crime.
If you have been the victim of certain types of crime, you are more likely to need special protection. These crimes include terrorism, organised crime, human trafficking, gender-based violence, violence in close relationships and sexual violence.
Victims of hate crimes may also need special protection. Hate crimes are crimes with a bias or discriminatory motive related to your age, gender, gender identity or expression of it, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation or health.
Victims with a disability or who have problems communicating may also be identified as needing special protections.
You should let the Gardaí know if you think you have any special protection needs.
Special protections and supports can include:
Child victims (anyone under the age of 18) are automatically presumed to need special protections.
Special protections and supports for children can include:
The Department of Justice has created a Victims Charter that describes what victims can expect from the criminal justice system.LEARN MORE
When you first contact the Gardaí (Irish police) or the Garda Ombudsman Commission, you are entitled to be offered a wide range of information.LEARN MORE
When a case makes its way to court, victims have a number of rights to help protect them from repeat victimisation.LEARN MORE
In Ireland, no one person or organisation is responsible for receiving and investigating complaints that a victims’ rights have been violated. However, there are a few steps that you can take if you think your rights have not been respected.LEARN MORE
We can tell you about support services available in your local area for victims of crime. We can also tell you about specialist services for victims of particular crimes, such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and homicide.
If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organization in Ireland who can help.