Victim Support 'helped me recover from domestic abuse'
1 January 2014 Last updated at 10:23 GMT
It is 40 years since Victim Support was established in the UK.
The charity was originally the idea of a group of public-spirited activists in Bristol who felt that victims were being forgotten by the criminal justice system.
It has helped counsel many who have suffered as a result of crime, as well as supporting witnesses who need to give evidence in court.
Naomi Grimley reports.