THE Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini, DBE QC, will deliver the inaugural annual Victim Support Scotland (VSS) lecture, ‘The Misunderstood Victim’, at the Signet Library, Edinburgh, on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Dame Elish, a former Lord Advocate for Scotland, is principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. In 2012, she chaired a Scottish Government Commission to look at ways of improving the way that women offenders are treated by the criminal justice system.
Says a spokesperson: “That Commission made a number of major recommendations, including calling for Cornton Vale, Scotland’s only women’s-only prison to be demolished and replaced by a smaller jail for long-term and high risk prisoners, and for regional units to be established for shorter-term and remand prisoners.”
Dame Elish said: “I am very honoured to be invited to give this lecture. Since 1985, Victim Support Scotland has been a crucial lifeline for victims and witnesses of crime. Their important work, delivered by a network of trained volunteers and staff, has a profound impact on those individuals and their communities.”
Susan Gallagher, acting chief executive of VSS, said she was delighted that Dame Elish, a staunch supporter of the charity’s work on behalf of victims and witnesses of crime, had been able to find time in her very busy schedule to participate in the event.
Guests for the event will arrive from 6pm for a 6.30 start.
Information note: VSS is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2015 and is the leading charity in Scotland assisting victims and witnesses of crime and will provide free support and assistance to about 120,000 victims this year and alsocontact/support about 100,000 witnesses.
For further information/assistance contact David Sinclair, VSS head of communications
Office: 0131 662 5409 Mobile: 07803 970320 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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