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Victim Support Scotland is looking for those affected by crime to help shape the future of support services
A charity is looking for victims of crime to share their experiences of the justice system.
Victim Support Scotland has submitted a motion in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of victims’ rights and to encourage victims to speak up about their experience.
The announcement comes during Victims Awareness Week, which takes place between 17 – 23 February.
The charity is asking for victims and witnesses to come forward and share their experiences of the criminal justice system. By sharing their experience, they are helping to shape the future of victim support services in Scotland, as well as influencing the criminal justice system.
The theme for this year’s awareness week is ‘Your rights, your code’, with the hashtag #kenyourcode.
The motion calls on politicians to recognise the week’s aims to raise awareness of rights and to encourage people to share their experiences of the criminal justice system. The charity is also holding a Parliamentary Reception on Tuesday 18 February to bring voices and experiences to decision-makers.
People in Scotland have certain rights under Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 as set out in the Victims’ Code for Scotland, which also explains how people can exercise these rights and the support available to them.
Most people affected by crime are unaware of many of their rights when engaging with the criminal justice system. Agencies and services need to do much more to inform people of their rights throughout to ensure that both information and processes are clear and accessible.