More people turned to victim support in Lower Saxony last year than in previous years. A total of 2578 people affected were advised and cared for last year - that was around 300 more than in 2021, as the Lower Saxony Victim Aid Foundation announced on request. In 2020 and 2019 there were around 2400 people each.
Last year, 103 children and 262 young people under the age of 18 were cared for. At around 80 percent, significantly more women than men come to victim support - this figure has not changed in recent years.
People contact the offices particularly frequently about offenses against sexual self-determination and offenses against bodily integrity. Victim support has also seen an increase in psychosocial process support in recent years.
According to its own information, the foundation has eleven offices in Lower Saxony and a branch in Lingen in Emsland. 30 helpers work there. The discussions are confidential, online counseling is also possible.
A prerequisite for the approval of assistance is, for example, that the crime was committed in Lower Saxony. The board of directors of the foundation is the Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice.
Information about the foundation