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VSS Awarded The Lasting Difference® Sustainability Symbol

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Victim Support Scotland is one of five Scottish charities to have been awarded The Lasting Difference® Symbol in recognition of our commitment to organisational sustainability. This new symbol allows us to demonstrate we are committed to taking action on organisational sustainability and working to best practice in the field. Victim Support Scotland, Bobath Scotland, Chest,... Read more »

Community sentences to potentially replace short-term custodial sentences

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The Scottish Government is considering plans to extend the restriction on short prison sentences. Current legislation in Scotland means that there is a presumption against short sentences of up to three months. Under new Scottish Government proposals this presumption would be extended to 12-months. This will potentially lead to an increased number of offenders serving... Read more »

Give something back this Volunteers’ Week

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Victim Support Scotland calls for new volunteers to deliver its vital service Volunteers are crucial to the work of Victim Support Scotland, helping people affected by crime recover from the experience and empowering them to rebuild their lives. Over 550 volunteers currently provide direct support to victims and witnesses all over Scotland via telephone, office... Read more »

VSS has achieved Investing in Volunteers accreditation

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Victim Support Scotland has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard, recognising the excellent work we do with volunteers. The Investing in Volunteers award is the gold standard for all organisations involving volunteers, aiming to improve the quality of the volunteering experience for people, and for organisations to acknowledge the enormous contribution volunteers make.... Read more »

New approach to sentencing in sexual assault and rape cases

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Plans to make sentencing in cases of sexual assault and rape more consistent and transparent have been set out by a senior Scottish judge.   Lady Dorrian, Lord Justice Clerk and Chair of the Scottish Sentencing Council, has laid out plans for guidelines on sexual offences in a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice,... Read more »

The Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Bill is passed

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Today (10 May 2019) legislation was passed in the Scottish Parliament to ensure more child witnesses are able to pre-record evidence ahead of a jury trial, preventing the traumatic experience of presenting in court. Previously, the measures to protect children and other vulnerable witnesses at court were not seen as inadequate. The lead-up to a trial and the... Read more »

Victims to potentially surrender phones in England and Wales

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A change to the law in England and Wales means that victims of serious crimes, including rape, may have to handover their phones so that the police can go through personal data (such as personal email, messages and photographs). New consent forms, which are passed from the police to victims of crime, are to be... Read more »

VSS becomes a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation

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On 1st April 2019 VSS changed from a company limited by guarantee to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – a SCIO. What is a SCIO? SCIO is a new legal form for registered Scottish charities that was introduced 2011 to allow charities to be incorporated while being administered and regulated by one body. The majority of new... Read more »

A consistent, victim-centred approach to hate crime

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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

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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 »
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