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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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As part of Victims Week 2019, 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... 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 »

Volunteering as a VSS Trustee

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This Trustees’ Week, Liz Taylor talks about why she joined the VSS Board and what it means to her. I’ve been a Victim Support Scotland trustee since 2012. My time on the Board has been rewarding, challenging, interesting, and sometimes even surprising. Why Victim Support Scotland? I initially decided to volunteer to become more involved... Read more »

I’m listening…

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Fiona Thomson, VSS service manager for Edinburgh & Lothians, describes homeless women’s experiences of crime and how she is developing a partnership with Social Bite to reach more homeless people and provide a service tailored to their needs. In February this year I met two gentlemen delivering lunch from Social Bite to our office for... Read more »

Support after a bank transfer scam

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Victim Support Renfrewshire has been supporting someone affected by fraud. She writes about her experiences below, including how dealing with the crime can be overwhelming and how important it is not to blame yourself. I was the victim of a bank transfer scam and lost £5000. How easily it happened I received a phone call... Read more »

A great day volunteering (with a beaver!)

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As it’s National Volunteers Week (1-7 June), we thought we’d take the opportunity to highlight the hard work of our volunteers. Tracie Kinnear runs Witness Service Kilmarnock and recently hosted a stall at a local event to promote the service and how it can help people who are coming to court to give evidence. She... Read more »

Recognising volunteers during National Volunteers Week

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Emma Parker, Service Manager at Victim Support Inverclyde, has a team of dedicated volunteers supporting people affected by crime. One of her volunteers has been recognised in the community, which she writes about below. I am delighted that one of our dedicated volunteers has been recognised for the incredible work that he does for us. In... Read more »
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