Victim's rights in Scotland: easy read leaflet

Publication for people with learning difficulties describes how victims of crime should be treated within the criminal justice system, and what information, help and support they should receive.

Your Right to Protection

A woman standing next to a Police officer who is protecting her

Right to Protection and Privacy

When you report a crime the police will support you and protect you from being threatened or bullied.

A man and a Police officer sitting at a table. The man is talking and the Police officer is listening and taking notes

This support may include:

  • • Only asking you questions when they need to
  • • Asking you questions in special places

A TV screen with a news report, with a cross in front of it

The court can stop the news from reporting on your case. The court can also give an order that the accused person has to stay away from you.

The accused is the person you said committed a crime against you.

Police Scotland and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service logos

You can get more information on victim protection from Police Scotland or the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Legal Advice and Help

A woman getting advice from a solicitor

If you need legal advice and help you should contact a solicitor.

Scottish Legal Aid Board logo

If you are on benefits or a low income you may be able to get Legal Aid to help pay the costs. More information on this is available from the Scottish Legal Aid Board.


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