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Support for Families Bereaved by Crime

Families and next of kin affected by murder or culpable homicide can access specialist support from Victim Support Scotland (VSS).

VSS team members support families and next of kin with immediate practical tasks and enable them to access financial assistance. We can provide timely, consistent information when you need it.  We will listen to you when you need to talk and provide links to specialist services such as counselling or trauma therapy.

Our support will help you navigate the legal justice system, so you know what to expect and ensure you are aware of your rights. We will ensure that you are supported in court and, where needed, will arrange a familiarisation visit to see the court ahead of the trial.

We offer face to face meetings in a location which is convenient for you and will travel Scotland-wide to provide support.

If you have contact with Police Scotland’s Family Liaison Officers or Victim Information and Advice service (based in the courts) you can ask them to refer you to our service. When we hear from them we will make contact and arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Anyone bereaved by crime can request support by contacting our national helpline on 0800 160 1985.

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