Here for People Affected by Crime
Victim Support Scotland is “Here for People Affected by Crime”. During Victims’ Week (22nd – 28th February 2016) we are raising awareness of the Impact of Crime, the support available for people affected by crime and telling survivors’ stories.
Spread The Word about Victim Support Scotland
No one expects to be a victim of crime. But it can happen to anyone. Did you know that 1 in 6 people in Scotland are victims of crime each year?
Victim Support Scotland works with people affected by crime in communities and courts across Scotland. We provide free and independent information and support to anyone affected by any crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police.
We want to let as many people across Scotland know about our services as possible. It’s important that people know about Victim Support Scotland so they know where to turn if they become a victim or witness.
Christine Grahame, Convenor of the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament supported our campaign by lodging a motion.
The Victim Support Scotland Guide to Awareness Raising
10 Facts About The Impact of Crime
- There are around 815,000 crimes every year in Scotland
- Every year, around one in six (16.9%) of adults (aged 16 or over) fall victim of crime
- Around a third (32%) of all violent crimes happen to victims who have already experienced violent crimes (repeat victimisation) On average, repeat victims suffer three violent crimes in one year.
- Crime can affect all parts of a person’s life. Many victims need to take time off work as a consequence of the emotional, physical and practical impact of crime.
- The most common emotions experienced by the victims were annoyance (53%) and anger (52%). Other than annoyance and anger, victims of violent crime were more likely to experience other strong negative emotions than victims of property crime: for example, shock (38% against 16%), fear (22% against 6%), loss of confidence (13%), anxiety (13% against 5%) and depression (9%)
- Reactions to victimisation often extend beyond thoughts and feelings, to affect everyday behaviours. Some victims go through substantial lifestyle changes as a result, including avoidance of activities that they used to enjoy.
- Family doctors in Glasgow are treating more women and children for domestic violence than for cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
- Around two-fifths (39%) of all crimes are reported to the police
- Victims of unreported crime aren’t referred to access any support services
- Only around half of the general public believes that the Scottish criminal justice system provides victims and witnesses of crime with the services and support they need
Facts 1,2, 3, 5, 8, 10 Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2012/13: Main Findings, Scottish Government (2014)
Fact 4 The economic and social costs of crimes against individuals and households, 2003/2004, Home Office Online Report 30/05 (2005), p. 37
Fact 6 Research and public policy series, No. 19: Victims’ needs, victims’ rights: policies and programs for victims of crime in Australia, Australian Government/Australian Institute of Criminology, (1999) p. 15, 2007 National Victim Assistance Academy, Track 1, Foundation-Level Training, Office of Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)
Fact 7 Community care, 30 August – 5 September 2001, as quoted in Criminal Neglect – No justice beyond criminal justice, Victim Support 2002
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