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Volunteering in the courts is “life-changing”

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Ralph has been a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland for two years, supporting witnesses in the Sheriff Court and the High Court as they get to know the court building and go through the process of giving evidence. Why I started volunteering with Victim Support Scotland When I retired three years ago, I found I... Read more »

Using professional skills in a volunteering capacity

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Gill has been volunteering for over a year with the Victim Service in Glasgow. She uses the skills obtained in her professional life to support people affected by crime.  Why I got involved To begin my story, I need to explain my work background. My career over 40 years was within the banking sector. Two years ago,... Read more »

Helping people to recover is hugely satisfying

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Jo initially contacted Victim Support Scotland seeking support. Impressed with the service offered, she volunteered for five years, before joining the staff team as a Service Delivery Officer in Perth. Seventeen years ago, my father was on holiday in Bournemouth when he was the victim of a hit and run. He had been out for... Read more »

Raising funds for VSS – Edinburgh Half Marathon

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Laura volunteers with us in Fife and has entered the Edinburgh Half Marathon 2019. She writes about why she became a volunteer and why she is raising money for victim and witness support services. I am currently a volunteer with Victim Support Scotland (VSS) in the Fife office. I have been volunteering with the victim... Read more »

Running to raise money for VSS

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Rosie volunteered with us a few years ago and is now running to raise money for our victim support services. She writes about why this is an important cause and why she’s fundraising for us.  I’m running to raise money for Victim Support Scotland (VSS), a charity I’ve volunteered with for a few years in... Read more »

Discover your rights as a victim or witness

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On the European Day for the Victims of Crime Linsay Scullion, Learning & Development Officer, writes about the importance of knowing your rights as someone affected by crime. The Scottish criminal justice system can be quite confusing for people who are suddenly the victim of a crime. In fact, in the Scottish Crime and Justice... Read more »

Feeling understood helped me find courage

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Diane writes about the impact of domestic violence on her life and how feeling understood and supported allowed her to find the courage to give evidence at trial.  I was the victim of a serious domestic violence assault. The police wanted to take the case to trial, but I was very nervous. The police put... Read more »

Taking back control with VSS support

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As part of Victims Week 2019, Amber writes about the impact of a crime committed against her when she was a child and how she took back control of her life. I am a survivor of historic sexual abuse committed by a family friend when I was a child. In 2017 I reported the crime... Read more »

Regaining peace of mind with VSS support

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Ann was a victim of sexual offences committed by her ex-husband. When the case went to court, Ann was called as a witness. She was extremely nervous that her ex-husband would see her in court and intimidate her. He had been to court before for similar crimes, but had not been charged. Ann was afraid... Read more »

Regaining confidence with VSS support

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Charlotte was a victim of a domestic violence attack, suffering life-changing injuries which have resulted in her requiring a wheel chair from now on. The police officer investigating the incident referred her to Victim Support Scotland (VSS) for support to deal with the impact of the crime. Charlotte was terrified of her ex-partner. She worried... Read more »
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