Your Right to Be Involved
Right to Understand and Be Understood
You have the right to understand what is happening and be understood. You might be able to have a person of your choice support you while the police take your statement. Everything should be explained to you in simple language.
Right to Interpretation and Translation
If you have difficulty understanding or speaking English, you can ask for an interpreter to help you:
- Understand any questions you are being asked
- Understand any information you are given
You may also ask for translation of a document if it is given to you by law, or if you need it to be involved in the investigation or trial.
Choosing the Gender of the Interviewing Officer
If you are a victim of a sex crime, domestic abuse, human trafficking or stalking, you have the right to ask for the police interviewing officer to be a man or a woman. This is the police officer who will ask you about what happened to you.
Police Scotland will agree to this if they can, but it might not always be possible. If that happens, you will be told why.
For some more serious crimes you have the right to give a victim statement to the court.
A victim statement is a written statement that tells the court, in your own words, how the crime has affected you. A victim statement is different from any statement you have already given.
If you are allowed to give a victim statement you will be contacted by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
Giving Your Views on Release Decisions (Victim Notification Scheme)
Through the Victim Notification Scheme you can give your views on when the offender is due to get out of prison.
You can give your views to the Scottish Prison Service, the Parole Board for Scotland or Scottish Ministers.