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Victims of crime

This advice applies to Scotland

This information applies to Scotland only

This leaflet provides information on how to find support and help if you have been the victim of a crime and tells you about the criminal justice system.

Produced by: Scottish Government
Leaflet date: Original published 2003, revised and reprinted 2009
Leaflet size: 27 pages

Link to leaflet on the Scottish Government website:  www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/925/0088591.pdf

Additional information

This leaflet has some basic information about the Victim Notification Scheme, where a victim of a crime can register to be given information about the offender if the offender was sentenced to 18 months or more in prison. For example, the victim can be told the date the offender is going to be released from prison. Victims can also choose to make written comments when a prisoner is being considered for parole or for release with an electronic tag.  From 15 September 2017, victims of crimes committed by mentally disordered offenders (who are subject to certain types of mental health order) can register to be part of the Victim Notification Scheme. There is more information about the Victim Notification Scheme on the gov.scot website at www.mygov.scot

Victims of crime where the offender was sentenced to less than 18 months in prison can contact the Scottish Prison Service if they want to be told when the offender is released from prison.

This leaflet does not have any information about the right for victims and witnesses to request and be given certain information about the criminal cases that they are connected with. There is more information about this on the Police Scotland website at www.scotland.police.uk. This leaflet also does not have any information about the right for victims to request a review of a decision made by the Procurator Fiscal on or after 1 July 2015 not to prosecute a person for the offence. More information about this is available on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's website at www.copfs.gov.uk.

This leaflet does not refer to the Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses that the organisations involved in the Scottish criminal justice system work to achieve. These organisations are Police Scotland, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland. The Standards of Service explain what victims and witnesses can expect to happen at each stage of the criminal justice process. They can be found on the website of each of these organisations, for example, on Police Scotland's website at www.scotland.police.uk.

This leaflet does not refer to the Victim's Code for Scotland. The Code sets out the rights that victims of crime have, how to exercise those rights and where to get help or advice. The Code can be found at www.mygov.scot where it is also available in other languages.

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