Victims and witnesses

  1. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report February 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  2. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  3. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: January 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  4. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  5. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report December 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  6. Vulnerable Witnesses Act - section 9: report

    This report meets obligations on Scottish Ministers by the Vulnerable Witnesses (Criminal Evidence) (Scotland) Act 2019 to publish a report evaluating the effectiveness of the Act at supporting witnesses to participate in the criminal justice system and to set out next steps for implementation.

  7. Vulnerable Witnesses Act: three month evaluation report

    Sets out the findings of a short term evaluation into the operation of the presumption in favour of pre-recorded evidence for children under the age of 18 giving evidence in the High Court to understand what lessons can be learned for future implementation of the Act.

  8. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: November 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  9. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2021/22: Main Findings

    Main findings from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2021/22.

  10. Scotland's approach to antisocial behaviour: review findings

    This report presents findings on the perceptions of current approaches to antisocial behaviour in Scotland, based on discussions with key stakeholders including victims and frontline staff. The report will help inform future reviews on best practice for preventing and tackling antisocial behaviour.

  11. Vision for Justice in Scotland: three year delivery plan

    Provides a high-level overview of the main areas of work that are being undertaken across the justice sector, and further significant reforms that will be introduced over the period 2023 to 2026.

  12. Homicide in Scotland 2022-23

    Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2022-2023.

  13. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : October 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  14. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : September 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  15. Trafficking and exploitation strategy: review

    Sets out our second review of the Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy, first published in 2017 and reviewed in 2020. The review sought to identify if the strategy remained fit for purpose and reflected the policy and operational landscape associated with Scotland.

  16. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  17. Understanding women’s experience of justice

    ‘Reducing re-traumatisation will promote equality’ – report.

  18. Women's Justice Leadership Panel: report

    This report "The Case for Gendered and Intersectional Approaches to Justice" summarises the work of the Women’s Justice Leadership Panel, their thematic discussions, and their key findings. The remit of the Panel was to demonstrate that the experience of women in the justice system is different to men, and to promote consistent understanding of gendered issues.

  19. Hate crime strategy: easy read version

    An easy read version of Scotland's Hate Crime Strategy.

  20. User Guide to Recorded Crime Statistics in Scotland

    Provides detailed information on the Recorded Crime in Scotland statistical bulletin series. It is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes regarding issues and classifications which are crucial to the production and presentation of crime statistics in Scotland.

  21. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data protection impact assessment

    Latest version of the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) for the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) - published in July 2023.

  22. Age-appropriate care and justice

    Bill passes Stage One.

  23. Crime remains at historically low-levels

    Delivering a safer Scotland for everyone.

  24. Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2022-23

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  25. Tackling criminal exploitation

    Safeguarding the most vulnerable.

  26. New Chief Constable

    Justice Secretary Angela Constance comments as first woman appointed to role.

  27. Children seeking asylum

    Launch of new guardianship service.

  28. New violence prevention strategy

    Action to help drive down harm.

  29. Violence prevention framework

    This Framework sets out our vision to prevent violence across Scotland, and when it does occur, to reduce its harm. It is supported by an evidence supplement, spotlights some cross government work and includes priority aims and an action plan, outlining the initial activities going forward.

  30. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review

    Report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  31. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review - easy read

    Easy read version of the report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  32. Reducing re-traumatisation in justice system

    New approach to better support victims and witnesses.

  33. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment

    Records the decision not to carry out an island communities impact assessment for the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill. It explains why the Bill will not have a significantly different effect on island communities and describes how this assessment has been made.

  34. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This impact assessment looks at the costs and benefits of the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill that affect the public, private and third sector.

  35. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

    This impact assessment considers how the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill will affect children’s rights and wellbeing. It records the research, analysis and engagement that has taken place in respect of this and how this has informed the development of the Bill.

  36. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    Results of the equality impact assessment process for the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill. This process was undertaken to ensure that the Bill does not discriminate against any of the protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.

  37. Putting victims and witnesses at heart of justice system

    Legislative reforms introduced to Parliament.

  38. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  39. Virtual reality helping victims

    World-first allows people to better understand courtroom process.

  40. Redress scheme payments

    Over £20 million paid to survivors.

  41. Independent legal representation for sexual offence victims

    Support for victims faced with potential questioning in court about their sexual history.

  42. Digital evidence pilot

    Collaborative system will benefit victims and witnesses.

  43. Recorded Crime in Scotland, year ending December 2022

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  44. Diversion from prosecution: joint review

    A joint review of diversion from prosecution carried out by HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland and the Care Inspectorate

  45. Violence against women and girls funding review: analysis of responses

    Analysis of the responses to the Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Violence Against Women and Girls Services call for evidence.

  46. Making the justice system better for victims: what did you tell us?

    Easy read summary of the main findings from the consultation on improving victims' experiences of the justice system

  47. Police recorded hate crime - characteristics: updated study

    Updated information on the number of hate crimes recorded by the police in Scotland during 2020-21 and 2021-22. It also includes new details on the characteristics of hate crime, based on a random sample of cases recorded by the police in 2020-21.

  48. New domestic abuse powers ‘better reflect experience of victims’

    Research finds extending laws to include emotional and psychological abuse has had beneficial impact.

  49. Budget prioritises £3.4 billion for justice

    Critical services supported despite challenging economic climate.

  50. Support for improved rights for victims

    Improving experiences of the justice system.

  51. Deaths abroad

    Support for families and loved ones.

  52. Victim Surcharge Fund

    More help for victims as criminals pay towards costs.

  53. Cabinet Secretary calls for public to report domestic abuse incidents

    Reported figures just ‘tip of the iceberg’.

  54. Domestic abuse: statistics recorded by the police in Scotland - 2021/22

    Characteristics of victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in Scotland in 2021 to 2022.

  55. Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2021-22

    An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

  56. Crime drops

    People feel safer in communities.

  57. Recorded Crime in Scotland, year ending June 2022

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  58. New custodial unit for women

    Visionary centre will transform support for women in custody.

  59. National Strategy for Community Justice launched

    Reducing reoffending will lead to fewer victims.

  60. Scottish Prison Population Statistics 2020-21

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland 23 June 2022.

  61. Criminal proceedings in Scotland: 2020-2021

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the ten years from 2011-12 to 2020-21. The latest year’s data is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  62. Restorative justice launch

    New national hubs pave way.

  63. Victims’ consultation launches

    Putting people at the heart of the justice system.

  64. £3.2m to strengthen remand alternatives

    Bail supervision and assessment support.

  65. Victims will benefit from key support

    £48m funding underlines government commitment.

  66. Working Group on Misogyny and Criminal Justice in Scotland

    Justice Secretary welcomes report and will now “consider recommendations”.

  67. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  68. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  69. Criminal justice social work statistics: 2020-21

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  70. Not proven consultation opens

    Views sought on three verdict system and related reforms.

  71. Use of bail and remand consultation launches

    Victim safety at the heart of proposed changes to the use of custody.

  72. New victim support fund announced

    Scheme will diversify and broaden support for victims.

  73. Recorded crime remains at low levels

    Crimes in four key areas down in the past year.

  74. Supporting children in the justice system

    Improving services for victims and witnesses.

  75. £6.7 million support for legal aid firms

    Vital backing to help with COVID recovery.

  76. Widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme: consultation analysis

    This report provides an analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s (SG) consultation on “widening the scope of the current victim statement scheme” which ran from 1 September 2019 until 29 November 2019.

  77. Victim Surcharge Fund open for applications

    Criminals pay towards helping victims.

  78. Reforming parole

    Move to improve transparency and understanding for victims.

  79. Supporting victims of crime

    £250,000 funding for trauma specialist.

  80. Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 - Section 25 - Restitution Orders: equality impact assessment

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for implementation of Restitution Orders. There are no impacts on the protected characteristics as a result of implementation of Restitution Orders.

  81. Children’s hearings

    Views sought on extending the age range of young people referred.

  82. Support for women involved in prostitution

    Additional funding for vital specialist services during COVID-19 outbreak.

  83. Supporting domestic abuse victims

    New campaign highlights that help is still available.

  84. Support for victims of domestic violence during COVID-19 outbreak

    Justice Secretary: “You are not alone.”

  85. Extra support for crime victims during pandemic

    Justice Secretary announces £100,000 ‘victims fund’ to help those in need.

  86. Supporting vulnerable adults in criminal cases

    Appropriate Adult services to be standardised across Scotland.

  87. Risk assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse: consultation response analysis

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation which sought views on how multi-agency risk assessment and working for victims of domestic abuse could best be improved.

  88. Improving NHS services for victims of sexual crime

    Bill will support improvements to service delivery.

  89. Improving the parole process

    More involvement for victims.

  90. Funding to support and protect stalking victims

    Two-thirds of victims experienced stalking via text and online.

  91. Human trafficking and exploitation: guidance for health workers

    Advice how to recognise and help victims of human trafficking and exploitation.

  92. Major study into repeat victims of violence

    Violent crime much lower than a decade ago, despite more reports last year.

  93. National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders in Scotland

    The National Accommodation Strategy for Sex Offenders (NASSO) forms part of the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and sets out how housing contributes to those arrangements.

  94. Paying the cost of crime

    Victims to benefit from new charge on criminals.

  95. Victim statement scheme: consultation

    Consultation on the proposed changes to the current victim statement scheme.

  96. Victim statement expansion

    Giving more victims a voice in court to explain how crime has affected them.

  97. Equally Safe consultation: analysis of responses

    Analysis of responses to our consultation on legislation to improve forensic medical services for victims of rape and sexual assault.

  98. Investigation and prosecution of sheriff solemn cases: thematic review

    The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland's review of the investigation and prosecution of sheriff solemn cases.

  99. Ensuring high-quality restorative justice

    £300,000 to drive delivery of consistent services by 2023.

  100. Management of Offenders Bill passed

    Expansion of electronic monitoring and disclosure improvements.

  101. Vulnerable Witnesses Bill passed

    Milestone to improve the experiences of child witnesses.

  102. More support for child witnesses of domestic abuse

    Amendment proposed for Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.

  103. UN convention against torture: our position statement

    Account of progress in Scotland in giving effect to the UN Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, in advance of a review of the UK by the UN Committee Against Torture in May 2019.

  104. Hate crime: availability of information recorded by the police in Scotland

    Update on work by our statisticians and Police Scotland to review the availability of information on hate crime.

  105. Improving Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and interventions for victims of domestic abuse: consultation

    A consultation to improve multi-agency risk assessment centres for victims of domestic abuse in Scotland.

  106. Establishing a statutory appropriate adult service in Scotland: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to our public consultation on establishing a statutory appropriate adult service in Scotland.

  107. Victims' code for Scotland

    If you are a victim of crime you have a number of rights. Victims' Code sets out these rights, how you can exercise them and the relevant authorities to contact should you need further help and advice.

  108. Clinical pathways to support adults who experienced sexual assault: consultation

    We are seeking views on the clinical pathways and guidance for healthcare professionals working to support adults who present having experienced rape or sexual assault.

  109. Beyond survival: resource for organisations working with child abuse survivors

    This toolkit provides resources to enable survivor support organisations become more sustainable.

  110. Honouring the lived experience: Rape and Sexual Assault‎ Victims Taskforce option appraisal report

    A report summarising the approach, methodology, findings and recommendations of the options appraisal exercise carried out in June 2018 as part of the Chief Medical Officer's Taskforce to Improve Services for Victims of Rape and Sexual Assault.

  111. Tackling sexual violence and harassment on campus

    New toolkit to address gender-based violence in universities and colleges.

  112. Tackling domestic abuse

    £2.8 million to rehabilitate offenders.

  113. More help for trafficking victims

    More than £3 million over three years to improve support.

  114. Supporting victims of rape

    Matheson announces £1.7m to extend advocacy service after successful pilot.

  115. Improving support for rape victims

    £2.25 million to implement new forensic medical examination standards.

  116. Supporting victims of sexual assault

    Funding to expand services in Orkney and Shetland.

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