Support after you report a crime
Find out what emotional support and practical information is available after you report a crime. You have the right to use victim support services, even if the crime hasn't been reported to the police.
Support after a crime
If you report a crime, the police – with your permission – may pass on your details to Victim Support Scotland.
The police will check how you want to be contacted if it's not appropriate that Victim Support Scotland contact you at home.
Victim Support Scotland gives free and confidential support to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime, including:
practical help, like help filling in forms for insurance and compensation and assisting with home and personal security
liaison with other organisations on behalf of victims and witnesses
advice about going to court or being a witness
recommending other organisations that can help you
You may be introduced to a Victim Information and Advice (VIA) officer if it's likely your case is going to result in criminal charges against someone and it involves:
child victims or witnesses
They'll give you information about the criminal justice system, keep you informed about the progress of the case and put you in touch with other organisations that can help you.
Support at court
The Witness Service is provided by trained Victim Support Scotland staff and volunteers at all High Court and Sheriff Court locations. They can:
give you practical help and information on what happens at court
arrange for you to visit the court before the trial starts – so you know what to expect
Find out more about giving evidence at court, including 'special measures' for vulnerable witnesses.
If you're a victim of crime but haven't been called to give evidence as a witness, you might not be informed about the trial. However, you can ask for information about what happens with the case at court.