Regaining peace of mind with VSS support

18 February, 2019

Ann was a victim of sexual offences committed by her ex-husband. Here we explain what happened and how Victim Support Scotland was able to help.

When the case went to court, Ann was called as a witness. She was extremely nervous that her ex-husband would see her in court and intimidate her. He had been to court before for similar crimes, but had not been charged. Ann was afraid he would get away with it again and the repercussions that would have on her. The enormity of what he’d done to her had affected her life so negatively that she struggled to find the courage to speak out.

The VSS team went through the court process with Ann, letting her know what to expect and employing various calming techniques. A trained VSS volunteer sat with her in court, providing silent support while she gave her evidence. Once Ann had given evidence, we had a coffee with her and comforted her through her realisation that she had achieved what she’d set out to do despite her fear.

Ann lived in fear despite knowing her ex-husband was remanded in prison while the trial took place. We helped her to feel more secure in her home and provided her with a persona l security alarm.

Ann’s evidence lasted two days. She broke down whilst giving her evidence many times but found the strength to carry on.

“If you weren’t here with me I could not have done this. I really could not have done it without your support because I was so scared of him. You helped me be strong and get through this horrible experience. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Victim Support Scotland is here to help anyone affected by crime. If you need support, please contact us via our helpline (0800 160 1985), our webchat service (see bottom right) or our contact form.