Anyone can be a victim of crime

If you have been affected by crime in Scotland or you know someone who has, this website can help you. This website gives information about the criminal justice system as well as how to get help and advice.

If you are a witness to a crime, more information is available from the Witnesses in Scotland website.

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Support & advice

This section gives you information about voluntary organisations that can give you help, support and advice. It also explains the role of public sector agencies, such as the police. The standards of service you should expect to receive from the organisations you may come across in the criminal justice system are also explained. Specialised advice may also be found here for victims of particular crimes.

Reporting a crime

This part explains why you should consider reporting a crime and the process of doing so. It also explains how the crime will be investigated. If you choose not to report a crime, this section explains that support is still available for you.

The Justice Process

The criminal justice process can seem to be very complicated. This section is broken down into different parts that explain what may happen to you. A diagram is included to help to illustrate this.

What happens when you report a crime

Use the step-by-step guides to see how the justice process works if the crime was commited by: