In 2019, Victim Support at Court (V-SAC) provided free and confidential support to 1,482 victims of crime, prosecution witnesses and their family/friends, an increase of 8% compared to 2018. This was mainly due to its recent expansion into the Eastern and South Eastern Circuit Courts. Countrywide support was provided for 629 trials/hearings, including pre-trial visits, sentencing, retrials and appeals, involving offences such as murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and assault, among others. V-SAC’s 50+ trained volunteers gave 1,418 days of their own time to support victims of all types of crime. V-SAC staff and volunteers had 5,435 individual contacts with the victims, their friends and families and prosecution witnesses.
V-SAC provided court accompaniment to 1,365 victims of crime, prosecution witness and their family/friends. The cases involved 31 Murder/Manslaughter/Attempted Murder, 125 Rape/Sexual Assault, 47 Assault, 104 Domestic Violence, 54 Other (incl. Human Trafficking, Criminal Damage, Theft, etc). These cases spanned Central Criminal Court, Circuit Courts and District Courts in a number of counties. V-SAC also supported victims in 85 pre-trial visits, 85 sentencing hearings, 15 retrials and 11 appeals.