Victims and Witnesses Reform

In May 2012, the Scottish Government published proposals for a Victims and Witnesses Bill, aiming to improve the experience of victims and witnesses within the criminal justice system. One of the key proposal's created an automatic right to for victims giving evidence in court in cases involving sexual offences and domestic abuse to have "special measures". 

This was part of the Scottish Government's programme of reforms to courts and the justice system and part of  "The Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council" which establishes minimum standards on rights, support and protection of victims of crime. This Directive outlines how justice systems should keep victims protected, supported and informed. These requirements  must be met by Member States within three years from the introduction of the Directive. 

Read the EU Directive

Read our response to Making Justice Work for Victims and Witnesses.

Read our briefing to MSPs on the Stage 1 Debate on the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill


Current Activities

Non-consensual sharing of intimate media (NCSIM) is a form of abuse

Read the results of our survey on NCSIM (otherwise known as "revenge porn")

 

 

Facts & Figures

One in five women experiences domestic abuse.

 

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