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Useful booklets and information for victims of crime


Many organisations have information or booklets available on-line that may be useful to victims of crime and other interested parties.  Links to some of these websites are given below, with a brief description of the information available.


If your organisation has information that may be of interest to victims, but is not included in the links shown here, please contact us, so that the appropriate links can be made.



State Agencies


An Garda Síochána


The Victim Support page of the Garda website provides links to a number of national support services for victims of crime.


The Garda Charter  for victims of crime.


An Garda Síochána, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Victims of Crime office have published a leaflet on "Making A Victim Impact Statement"


This leaflet is also available in the following languages

Gaelige (Irish)   Arabic (العربي)    Français (French)  Latvijas (Latvian) Lietuvos (Lithuanian)  中文 (Chinese)   Polski (Polish) Português (Portuguese-Brazil)  Românã(romanian)  Русский (Russian) Español (Spanish)


A booklet explaining the Neighbourhood Watch programme, which aims to assist in crime prevention and community safety.


The Garda website has a booklet giving information on domestic abuse.  This information is also available as part of a comprehensive booklet about cime prevention in a range of languages, including:

Irish (Gaeilge)Arabic (العربي), 

French (Français), Latvian (Latvijas)Lithuanian (Lietuvos)

Mandarin (国语), Polish (Polski), Portuguese (Português),

Romanian (Româna)Russian (русский) and Spanish (Español)


Courts Service


Courts Service publications of interest to victims, which are also available in hard copy from the Courts Service Information Office, can be found at the following links:


Details of court houses and their facilities: Courthouses - information (As Gaeilge: Tithe Cúirte: bileoga faisnéise)


An explanation of the court system, including a brief guide to a typical criminal and civil case. 


Booklet and DVD for young witnesses and others in criminal cases, explaining what a witness is, what a witness does, what happens at court, who’s who in court and what happens after the trial: Going to court (As Gaeilge : Ag dul chun na cúirte) 


General information for people attending court for the first time (e.g., witnesses, victims)


Information on domestic violence and court procedures is also available. 


Probation Service


Family conference guide for communities and victims. A family conference is a meeting ordered by the Court between the victim(s), a young person who has admitted responsibility for the office, members of the family and other persons involved with the young person. 


Irish Prison Service 


When victims of crime request it, the Prison Service Victim Liaison Officer will enter into direct contact with them to inform them of any significant development in the management of the perpetrator's sentence, as well as any impending release. 


Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions 


A booklet setting out the role of the DPP in plain language is available on their Website 


This booklet is also available in the following languages:

Gaeilge (Irish),  العربية (Arabic), Français (French)Latvijas (Latvian),

Lietuvos (Lithuanian),  中文 (Chinese)Polski (Polish)Português (Portuguese - Brazil),

Română (Romanian), Русский (Russian)  and Español (Spanish)



A booklet about attending court as a witness is available on their Website 


This booklet is also available in the following languages:

Gaeilge (Irish), العربية (Arabic)Français (French) Latvijas (Latvian),

Lietuvos (Lithuanian), 中文 (Chinese), Polski (Polish),   Português (Portuguese - Brazil),

Română (Romanian), Русский (Russian)  and Español (Spanish) 



A brief guide to the criminal justice system


Coroners Service


Information on the purpose of an inquest and the procedures followed.


What can you expect from the Coroner Service - a summary of what a coroner does following the reporting of sudden, unexplained or violent deaths.


The exhumation of remains. 


Legal Aid Board


Leaflets on legal aid, mainly civil, but including domestic violence and legal advice and representation for victims in rape cases: Information Leaflets (As Gaeilge: Bileoga Eolais)



Anti-Human Trafficking Unit


The Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in the Department of Justice has published a Guide to Procedures for Victims of Human Trafficking in Ireland




The HSE has published a booklet Elder Abuse Protecting yourself booklet



State agencies (northern Ireland)


Department of Justice (northern Ireland)


A Code of Practice for Victims of Crime

A Guide to Northern Ireland's Criminal Justice System for Bereaved Families and Friends Following Murder or Manslaughter


A Guide to Northern Ireland's Criminal Justice System for Victims and Witnesses of Crime



Voluntary Organisations


Citizens information 


Information for citizens in relation to justice matters can be viewed here  (As Gaeilge: Eolas)




Parenting positively is a series of brochures for parents to help teenagers cope with domestic abuse, separation, death.

More Parenting Positively booklets.


Rape Crisis Network Ireland


Information and sources of assistance for rape victims is available under 16 headings in seven languages in the form of web pages.


EnglishGaeilge (Irish) Polski (Polish)Lietuvos (Lithuanian)Francais (French), العربية (Arabic) and 

中文 (Chinese) 


An online guide to legal process  for survivors of sexual abuse and an accompanying legal advisers guide  are available.


An online booklet also available for victims who are about to fill in a victim impact statement and another booklet is available for those helping these victims.



National Adult Literacy Agency 


A   Guide to Legal Terms  to help non-lawyers understand legal phrases and to help lawyers in explaining the legal phrases they use  .


Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC)


AdVIC are working on updating their current booklet of information for people bereaved by homicide.



Calling the Emergency Number 999/112


 A leaflet  which outlines what you can usually expect when you dial 999/112 in order to access An Garda Síochána.