Media Release: Two victims will support manifesto launch

TWO victims of serious crime will support the launch of Victim Support Scotland’s’ 2011-2015 Manifesto for Action ‘No Going Back’ tomorrow (Thursday, November 18) in the Upper Library of the Signet Library, Parliament Square, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF, at 10.30am.

Both feel so strongly about the need to further improve services to victims and witnesses of crime that they will brave further publicity to advance the case for change.

All media are invited to attend and newspaper, radio or TV slots can be agreed in advance.

David McKenna, chief executive of VSS, will outline why the national charity, now in its 25th year, believes that services to victims and witnesses of crime must be further improved.

Says a spokesperson: “Among key demands will be additional measures to ensure that the needs of victims and witnesses of crime are paramount; that victims are given a voice in community sentences and direct measures; that the Witness service should be made available in all Justice of the Peace courts; that there should be a fundamental review of criminal compensation in Scotland, and that victims’ compensation should be paid upfront by the State.”

Both Anita and Magdeline will be present and available for interview.

Briefing note:

Victim Support Scotland, now celebrating its 25th year, is a registered charity which provides help to all victims and witnesses of crime. Last year, VSS dealt with almost 100,000 Victim referrals, 70,000 witness referrals and about 1,000 referrals to VOYCE, its youth justice service in Dundee. The charity has a presence in all of Scotland’s local authority regions and has staff and/or volunteers in every Sheriff and High Court in Scotland.

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