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:

  • emotional support

  • 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

Victim Support Scotland
Phone: 0345 603 9213 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm)
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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:

  • domestic abuse

  • child victims or witnesses

  • hate crime

  • sexual crime

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 if you're under 18 and a crime happens

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.

Practical information

Read about your rights after a crime

Find out what happens at each stage of the criminal justice process

Find information on dealing with the media

Find out how to claim compensation for a criminal injury

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