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Victim Support Scotland provides support and information services to over 200,000 victims and witnesses of crime in Scotland each year. We achieve this through the dedicated work of volunteers, supported by paid staff in our Courts and all local authority areas of Scotland.
We educate the public with specialised training programmes and work to raise awareness of the impact of crime on individuals, communities and society. We are an independent charity, committed to providing free, confidential, impartial and effective support to help victims and witnesses cope with the experience of crime and find the strength to move on with their lives. More information can be found on our Vision, Mission and Values and What Do We Do pages.
Proposed plans to extend presumption against prison terms to 12 months
The Scottish Government is considering plans to extend the restriction on short prison sentences to 12 months, potentially leading to more offenders serving a community sentence, for example a community payback order.
Kate Wallace, Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland, called for increased communication about a perpetrator’s whereabouts, enough resources to ensure community payback orders are effective and keeping victim and public safety at the forefront of decision making.
Volunteers’ Week 2019: Victim Support Scotland calls for new volunteers to deliver its vital service
Volunteers are crucial to the work of Victim Support Scotland, helping people affected by crime recover from the experience and empowering them to rebuild their lives. Over 550 volunteers currently provide direct support to victims and witnesses all over Scotland via telephone, office appointments, home visits or in the courts. This Volunteers’ Week, the charity is calling for more people to step forward to help.
Scotland’s vulnerable witnesses bill unanimously passes in Parliament – Victim Support Scotland reacts
Today (10 May 2019) legislation was passed in the Scottish Parliament to ensure more child witnesses are able to pre-record evidence ahead of a jury trial, preventing the traumatic experience of presenting in court.
Kate Wallace, Chief Executive of Victim Support Scotland welcomes the passing of this Bill, which we believe is a crucial step forward in protecting and supporting children and families who have been involved in serious crime.
Victim Support Scotland’s response to consent forms in England and Wales
A new policy – which has been introduced in England and Wales – sees the introduction of new consent forms seeking permission of victims of crimes, including those alleging rape, to handover their phones to the police. The consent will allow access to personal emails, messages and photographs.
Victim Support Scotland is concerned about the right to privacy for people affected by sexual offences.
Victim Support Scotland calls for ‘public health approach’ to hate crime
Victim Support Scotland will unveil its 93-page report, Fostering a Victim-Centred Approach to Hate Crime in Scotland, at its first dedicated hate crime conference in Glasgow on 28 September 2017.
The report and conference are part of Victim Support Scotland’s drive for the concerns and experiences of victims to be at the centre of any new hate crime policy or legislation in Scotland.