Making the justice system better for victims: consultation - easy read

Easy read summary of proposals in our consultation on improving victims' experiences of the justice system.

Making the justice system more trauma informed

Trauma can happen to people after a bad or frightening event.

Trauma can make people:

  • feel sad or upset
  • feel scared
  • have nightmares or bad memories
  • drink alcohol or use drugs to help cope with how they are feeling

The Scottish Government thinks that organisations in the justice system should be trauma informed.

This means organisations:

  • understand how trauma can make victims feel
  • understand how trauma can make victims behave

Trauma informed also means that victims:

  • are listened to
  • get the right information at the right time
  • feel safe
  • are treated with kindness

One way to do this is to write new rules saying that organisations must be trauma informed.

Guidance could also help organisations be trauma informed.



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