Victims in the criminal justice system: Joint Thematic Report on victims in the criminal justice system - Phase I

Author(s)Scottish Government
Title Victims in the criminal justice system: Joint Thematic Report on victims in the criminal justice system - Phase I
Source The Scottish Government 2010
Date 2010
Document type Research report
Coverage Scotland
URL http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/10/08133638/13
Summary This is a comprehensive report prepared by the Scottish Government that investigates the support given to victims of crime by the prosecution and police services as a result of reforms that developed from the Scottish Strategy for Victims, released in 2001. This inspection is the first in a series of four, and it focuses on victims of summary crime which do not result in court proceedings. The main objectives of the Strategy were to ensure adequate information provision to victims, ensure provision of emotional and practical support to victims and to achieve a greater participation by victims in the criminal justice system. One of the findings was that there was a welcome focus on vulnerable victims but not the same provisions for those victims of lesser crimes. Another finding was that there was good general information available on websites and in leaflets but awareness of these seemed very low. A number of recommendations are set out in the areas of policy and strategy, people, processes and results.
Keywords Service delivery; victims needs; participation; criminal justice system; restorative justice
Topic Service delivery