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Research & Partnerships

Victim Support Scotland welcomes ideas on how we can advance victimological research through partnership working.

Need for Research

Victimology is a relatively new area of study. Despite the recent increased interest in this field, there is still a research gap regarding about how people recover from the trauma of victimisation and how victims react to participating in the different stages of the criminal justice system.

Volunteer organisations and other practitioner-based groups have extensive practical knowledge of working with victims that would be useful when advancing the theoretical knowledge of victimology research. Similarly, up-to-date academic research on victims’ needs and reactions are essential in order for practitioners to develop the most appropriate service delivery following victimisation.

It should also be recognised that the needs of crime victims are not solely justice needs and a multi-disciplinary effort is required to understand and meet these.

Our Aim

Our aim is to make a contribution to knowledge and understanding of the impact of crime and what can positively affect recovery. Victim Support Scotland provides information and support to over 200,000 people affected by crime each year and many of the individuals who have used our service agree to share their experiences.

Partnering for Research

Victim Support Scotland is keen to build lasting relationships with other support agencies and partners within criminal justice, and calls for closer partnerships between research institutes and the voluntary sector to advance victim issues and the understanding of victims’ needs and reactions in the aftermath of crime.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss how we can work together to benefit those affected by crime through research.

Partnering for Improved Practice

We have agreements in place with other agencies to ensure that support and information for victims and witnesses is as complete as possible.  We have recently revised our protocol – Working Together for Victims and Witnesses – with the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal.

We currently work in partnership with criminal justice agencies such as the Scottish Court and Tribunal Service, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal and Police Scotland, providing bespoke training to those working with victims of crime. Visit the Training section of our website for more information the services that we can provide in this area.

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