The Kilkenny Branch of The Federation for Victim Assistance was only recently launched but already has had to deal with the first victim requiring its assistance. She turned out to be one of the federation’s own key committee members, a 68 year old widow with walking difficulties who lives on her own in the Newpark area. The burglary occurred in broad daylight while she was in the house, someone brazenly entered whilst she was upstairs and took a handbag from the living area. As a member she is trained in the effects of crime and how to deal with them but even so was surprised at the extent of the upset crime can cause. She found the feelings of distress ‘unbelievable’ to the point of being physically sick. It was however very helpful to be able to discuss her problems with some of the team who are all experienced in talking through such problems in confidence.
The callous thief only gained a few euro but subjected an innocent widow to great distress, fear of such an event happening again and great practical difficulties as the stolen handbag also contained keys and cards that now all need to be changed. To risk the wrath of the law and cause such distress for so little gain clearly demonstrates that criminals are both stupid and cold hearted.
When crime strikes it may cause great distress but victims may get considerable relief by discussing their worries and problems in confidence with a member of the Kilkenny branch of the Federation for Victim Assistance who can be contacted on 056 7770171.