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We offer support to all people affected by crime for as long as you need us.

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Latest News

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 »

International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia

Today, 17th May, is the International Day Against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia. It was launched in 2004 to highlight discrimination and violence against LGBTI people internationally. As an inclusive charity that strives to support all victims of crime, Victim Support Scotland is happy to promote the day in recognition of the many victims of hate... Read more »

Kate Wallace, Michael Matheson and Bea Jones Three-year funding package for Victim Support Scotland

Today, 19 April 2018, the Scottish Government announced a three-year funding package for Victim Support Scotland (VSS). A new service led by VSS will provide free, practical and emotional support to victims of crime across the country. VSS has been awarded £13.8 million over three years, part of which will provide for a new homicide... Read more »

We are a living wage employer A hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay

We are proud to announce that VSS has been successful in receiving Scottish real Living Wage accreditation! This is a real commitment by VSS to ensure that everyone working for us will receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75 regardless of whether they are direct employees or third-party contracted staff. The real Living Wage is... Read more »

Important news for our service users in North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire VSS services

Important news for North Lanarkshire service users Due to fire damage our office at 267 Brandon Street, Motherwell will be temporarily operating from our South Lanarkshire office from Monday 5th February. Please continue to call 01698 336565 to arrange support appointments.

Help VSS Improve Our Services

Have you used our services in the past year? Victim Support Scotland is looking for feedback on our work to help us ensure that we provide the best possible services that meet the needs and expectations of people affected by crime. Service User feedback helps us to track the organisation’s performance and ensure quality by... Read more »

No Hate VSS’ volunteers & hate crime work recognised

Victim Supported Scotland’s volunteers have been recognised in the Scottish Parliament by Mark Griffin MSP, who tabled a motion supporting the work of volunteers and staff at Victim Support Scotland (VSS). Mr Griffin acknowledged the organisation’s continued commitment to victims and witnesses of crime. He commended the charity on its dedication to hate crime training,... Read more »

Hate Crime Conference

Victim Support Scotland hosted its Hate Crime Conference last month with thought-provoking speakers providing different views on the causes, impact and solutions of hate crime. We were delighted to hear from Lord Bracadale QC, who is currently leading the Scottish Government Hate Crime Legislation Review. He was joined by Patrick Harvie – Scottish Green Party... Read more »

New Hate Crime training course

Victim Support Scotland has created a new training course for stakeholders and practitioners, designed to provide comprehensive specialised training on hate crime, including how to provide effective support to victims. The training course was developed in response to the recent VSS research into the impact of hate crime and our resulting recommendation for a victim-centred... Read more »

Annual General Meeting

On 21 September VSS had its 2017 Annual General Meeting, where we recognised the committed volunteers and staff who have been supporting victims and witnesses for an incredible length of time. Gerda Scott has volunteered for 25 years in South Ayrshire. She said: “I have volunteered for a long time because I like getting in... Read more »

VSS impact in 2016-17

Victim Support Scotland’s 16/17 annual report is out today, 21 September, illustrating the positive impact of our work. We are proud to have exceeded our targets for the year, supporting over 225,000 people who have been affected by crime. This work could not have been done without the excellent support of over 570 volunteers who... Read more »

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