Publication - Advice and guidance

Victim Surcharge Fund: guidance

Published: 21 May 2020
Justice Directorate
Part of:
Communities and third sector, Law and order

This guidance for organisations that provide support to victims of crime sets out how the Victim Surcharge Fund will operate and explains the application process, assessment criteria for awards, and what the Fund can and cannot be used for.

Victim Surcharge Fund: guidance
Annex B: Examples of support VSF can be used to provide

Annex B: Examples of support VSF can be used to provide

Examples of the kind of support the Fund can be used for to help victims of crime may include, but is not limited to:

  • Short-term accommodation / temporary rehousing / cost of moving house
  • Contribution to funeral costs (when not covered by other source such as funeral support payments)
  • Travel costs e.g. to funeral / hospital / court
  • Childcare costs
  • Getting locks fixed or new locks fitted
  • Fixing damaged doors and broken windows
  • Household cleaning e.g. carpets, upholstery
  • Redecorating
  • Essential new furniture e.g. bed / sofa
  • Alarms / safety devices e.g. CCTV
  • Psychological support, counselling (where this is additional to services already funded under existing Scottish Government grant schemes)
  • Help with medical / dental costs that have arisen as a result of being a victim of crime
  • Special services for disabled or elderly victims
  • Practical, emotional and social support for children
  • Toys, clothing
  • Respite breaks, and social outings with peers
  • Costs of replacing broken or lost personal items, such as spectacles
  • Cost to replace damaged or stolen electronics, phones, etc
  • Replacement of white goods