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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 »

Victims Week 2019

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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

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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

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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

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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 »
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