Raising Support for Victims of Crime

by Stephen Cusack in 

Raising Support for Victims of Crime
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I want to raise money for victims of crime.

by Stephen Cusack in

I am a registered Paramedic and I have worked for the Ambulance Service for over 10 years now.

In August, 2009 I was at home watching TV. A gang had got into my home and waited for me downstairs. I was confronted by a man wearing a ski mask, who was stood at the bottom of the stairs. After a brief conversation with the man I went down the stairs. I have no words to compare how this made me feel but I was shot with a 9mm firearm when I got halfway down the stairs and that’s were my life changed forever. The night itself was traumatic (as I’m sure you can imagine), but what is never considered is the mental health impact following such a crisis which also then can have an impact on your financial situation, social life, relationship etc. 

As a result of being shot myself and returning to work saving lives 6 weeks later, I was soon diagnosed with PTSD, severe stress and anxiety. I stopped working as I couldn’t face dangerous situations. I was freezing up on 999 calls.  As I hadn’t been in the role very long my sickness pay was cut to nil. I had a load of financial commitments to maintain so I resorted to applying for pay day loans to cover them. Before I knew it,

I was taking out payday loans to pay other payday loans I’d taken out in the first place. With the interest rates being ridiculous I ended up with a CCJ, no money and struggled to feed myself. My relationship also collapsed and I ended up living with parents. My situation ended up so much worse beyond being shot. I started to get suicidal thoughts. I attended counselling, R.E.M. therapy and hypnotherapy. Nothing was going to undo what had happened and nothing they could say would get me out of a sea of debt. When I felt like something was getting better, something bad would happen, for example I had to go to court for 2 weeks to give evidence. After that I went back to work and at this point I was taking prescribed medication. I was still a mess in and out of work. When I felt like things were improving I suddenly ended up with police outside my home as they’d escaped from a prison van and we’re on the run. I was always wondering if they’d come for me as I’d given evidence. The newspapers reminded me all the time when they published articles about the gang and the shooting. This went on for 4 years, all from a case of mistaken identity (Although I didn’t know that until the defendants were in court!) the defendants were retrialled in Woolwich Crown Court were I was requested to attend, give evidence and write a victim impact statement. 

Above is just an example of how being a victim of mistaken identity can lead to mental health problems, social problems, relationship problems and financial issues.  I still have some issues about myself. I’m much better now but I accept that I will never be right. 

To be clear about what I’m doing here,

I basically don’t want to see a victim of crime have to endure a journey like my own. I know that raising money would be amazing as I could provide some support and help to prevent a victim of crime experience the same dreadful outcome beyond the incident. 

If you would like to get in touch directly then please send an email to Steve.cusack@outlook.com

Please only support if you are able to. Please don’t compromise your own financial situation. 

All donations would be welcomed.

Thank you. 


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