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A consistent, victim-centred approach to hate crime

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) recently responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on hate crime. The consultation considered, among other things, an expansion of the statutory aggravations (currently race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and disability). Statutory aggravations are applied where a crime is motivated by a victim’s personal characteristics which may increase the severity of... Read more »

Victim and witness rights

On European Day for Victims of Crime 2019, we are supporting Victim Support Europe’s campaign to make victims’ rights a reality. Current legislation in Scotland states that victims of crime must be provided with information on their rights, and who to contact for help and advice.  To do this, the Scottish Government has published a Victims’... Read more »

Victims Week 2019

Victims Week 2019 takes place 18 – 24 February, and VSS is taking the  opportunity to urge those who need support to contact them for free and confidential help. We are reminding people affected by crime that VSS provides practical and emotional assistance, enabling victims and witnesses to regain control, confidence and peace of mind... Read more »

Scottish Government Consultation on Hate Crime

Victim Support Scotland (VSS) will submit a response to the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Hate Crime soon and we are asking for input. This piece of work will supplement our initial response to Lord Bracadale’s recommendations as part of our involvement in the independent review of Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland. The consultation questions include... Read more »

Strengthening victims’ voices in parole hearings

We are delighted that the Scottish Government has initiated a consultation on improving openness and transparency of parole. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged that victims will be more involved in the parole process and will be able to receive information about the reasons behind parole decisions. There is no role for the Parole Board... Read more »

New facility for children and vulnerable witnesses

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is creating new, state of the art facilities to allow children and vulnerable witnesses to give their evidence in criminal trials and to participate in tribunal hearings within a safe, sensitive and secure environment. With funding support from the Scottish Government, the creation of a new child and... Read more »

Upcoming AGM

Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at the VSS Glasgow Office.  The programme will commence with registration and refreshments at 11.00am and the meeting will begin at 11.30am until approximately 12.30 pm followed by a buffet lunch. This year the formal AGM Business arrangements will include the re-election of the Vice- Chair and special resolutions to convert from a... Read more »

Welcome recognition for victims in government programme

The Scottish Government has announced its programme for the next year and we’re pleased to note several references to the needs of victims and witnesses of crime. Two key points are about the new homicide service that’s due to launch in spring 2019 and the development of a victim-centred support model to reduce the need... Read more »

Protecting children and other vulnerable witnesses of crime

The lead up to a trial and the court process itself, particularly lengthy cross-examinations, are often stressful and traumatic for children and vulnerable witnesses. As the largest charity supporting people affected by crime across Scotland, that’s something we’re well aware of through our day-to-day work. However, the measures currently in place do not adequately protect... Read more »

Invitation to Tender – VSS – Homicide Service for Scotland

As part of its new three-year strategy Victim Support Scotland (VSS) is leading the development of a new Homicide Service for Scotland. The aim of the new service is to be the nationally consistent, needs-led service to support people bereaved by homicide, integrating and improving the existing solutions. VSS would like to invite proposals to... Read more »

Visit from the new Cabinet Secretary

We were delighted to welcome the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf to the Edinburgh Victim Service today, 11 July 2018. Mr Yousaf spoke to staff and volunteers about the service we provide and the challenges we face. He was impressed by the commitment and dedication shown by our volunteers to individual victims and... Read more »

VSS Encouraged by Progress on Hate Crime Legislation in Scotland

Lord Bracadale’s Independent Review of Hate Crime legislation in Scotland was published today, 31 May 2018. We have been part of the extensive engagement process, making sure that victim issues have been heard, and welcome the report. The impact of hate crime can cause deep, long lasting harm to individual victims and to members of... Read more »

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