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VSS’ volunteers & hate crime work recognised

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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

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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

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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 »

VSS impact in 2016-17

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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 »

Support following terror attack in Parsons Green

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Support in Scotland If you have been affected by this morning’s terror attack in Parsons Green,  free confidential help and support is available from Victim Support Scotland (VSS) VSS can provide emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses, family and friends. We can also refer people onto specialist services if needed. See our How can... Read more »

Hate Crime Mini Conference

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The Right Honourable Lord Bracadale is undertaking a review of the laws covering hate crime offences in Scotland and as part of that process, Victim Support Scotland (VSS) are delighted to announce we are hosting a hate crime mini conference. There has been considerable debate recently on Hate Crime and its impact on society at... Read more »

Public Consultation on Sentencing

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The public is to have a say in the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline which will influence the way offenders are sentenced in our courts. The Scottish Sentencing Council is launching a public consultation on its first draft guideline, which sets out the principles and purposes of sentencing for all offences. The Council, which... Read more »

Appointment of New Chief Executive

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kate Wallace as the new Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland(VSS). Kate has thirteen years’ experience of high profile leadership roles in the public and voluntary sectors in both executive and non-executive roles. She currently leads Visualise Scotland, a service delivery charity that provides services to people living... Read more »

Scottish Sentencing Council video

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The Scottish Sentencing Council (SSC) have released a series of four new videos on their website. One of the videos looks, in particular, at how sentencing works from a victim of crimes perspective. Victim Support Scotland were delighted to be asked by the SSC to be involved in an advisory capacity during the production of... Read more »
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Video launch during EIFF month

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In June, Scotland was fully immersed in the world of films during the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).  This year marked the 71st edition of the Festival which is the longest continually running film festival in the world.  There was no better time than this to launch our own latest brand video telling the Victim Support... Read more »
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