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Victims and witnesses of crime

This advice applies to Scotland

Coronavirus- going to court

There's information for people going to court on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service website.

There is information about the support available for victims and witnesses of crime on the website. This includes information about:

  • where to get support after a crime
  • how to get support at court
  • practical information about how the criminal justice system works
  • information about specific criminal offences.

You can also find information about making a police statement on

For serious crimes, you can find out about making a victim statement on

Victims' Fund

The Fund is available for victims of crime and has the following criteria:

  • you have an urgent identified need
  • no other organisation can meet this need
  • the crime has been reported to the Police or other organisation
  • funds provided require to be declared

Organisations can apply directly to the Fund on behalf of victims. Victim Support staff can assist with the application form.

The Fund mostly provides goods and services rather than cash. This means that there is no impact on someone's financial situation, for example, benefits. 

For more details and the application form, please see the Victims' Fund on Victim Support Scotland.

If you have further questions please email

Victim Notification Scheme

There is also information about the Victim Notification Scheme on This allows some victims of crime to get information about the offender, such as the date they are going to be released from prison. They can also choose to be involved in decisions to release the offender.

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