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Victims to benefit from new charge on convicted offenders

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The Scottish Government has today (12 September 2019) announced a new financial penalty imposed on all convicted offenders, the money from which will be used towards the cost of supporting victims of crime. From November onwards this year, the money raised will be added to the Victim Surcharge Fund, part of the Scottish Government’s package... Read more »

Victim impact statement expansion

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Victims of stalking are among those who could get the right to explain to courts how they have personally suffered as a result of crime. A new Scottish Government consultation is asking if victims of all serious crimes – including human trafficking, domestic abuse and religiously aggravated offences – should be able to detail how... Read more »

Public survey reveals attitudes to sentencing in Scotland

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A new report published today (Monday 2 September) by the Scottish Sentencing Council explores public knowledge and attitudes towards sentencing in Scotland, revealing that the majority of respondents view is that sentences were too lenient. The research was conducted as an opinion poll of 1,000 adults across Scotland between March and April of this year... Read more »

New report reveals victims of rape don’t feel justice has been met

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A new report by the Scottish Centre for Criminal Justice Research (SCCJR) has concluded that those who have reported rape or serious sexual assault feel marginalised and with little control regardless of their case’s outcome. The report is a result of research into the ‘justice journeys’ of 17 victims of rape and serious sexual assault... Read more »

New domestic abuse offence: 13 convicted and over 400 crimes recorded

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More than 400 crimes have been recorded by Police Scotland in the first three months following implementation of the new domestic abuse offence covering coercive and controlling behaviours. The new Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act came into force in April this year. The Act criminalises coercive and controlling behaviours used by domestic abusers, creating a single offence... Read more »

VSS appoints new Chair of Trustees

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Following an open recruitment process, Jon Turner has been appointed Chair of the VSS Board of Trustees. He has taken over from Alastair MacDonald who held the post for three years until April 2019 when Vice-Chair Liz Taylor stepped in to help whilst a new chair was sought. Jon has been a VSS Board member since 2017 and has a background in... Read more »

Support for Families Bereaved by Crime service launched

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A new and innovative service for families who have been bereaved by crime in Scotland has been officially launched today (24 July 2019) in Glasgow by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousaf. The Support for Families Bereaved by Crime service is a specialist service, delivered by Victim Support Scotland, which has been designed to... Read more »

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 »
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