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New Facility for Children and Vulnerable Witnesses

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »
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