Share your story to help others affected by crime

As someone affected by crime, your story and journey through the criminal justice system can make a real difference to other people in the same situation.

Hearing about a similar experience can reassure people that they are not alone during an emotional and difficult time. This can be a great source of comfort.

It’s also important to ensure victim and witness voices are heard.

Talking about your experiences can inform decision-makers and help improve the criminal justice system for victims, witnesses and their families.

You can share your story anonymously – it will still make a difference.

Support for telling your story

Victim Support Scotland can help you share your experience in an effective way that will make a true impact on people affected by crime.

We provide emotional support to anyone who wants to share their story and will work with you to make sure you are comfortable talking about what you’ve been through. We want this to be an empowering and positive experience for you.

How we use your story

There are various ways we may use your story to make a difference.

  • We can share it on our website for other people affected by crime to read and take hope or comfort from shared experiences.
  • We can work with you to create a blog post, so that a wide range of people can learn about your story.
  • We can use your experiences to inform our policy work and influence decision-makers in the Scottish Government and other agencies.
  • We can share your story in the media, with your permission. You might even want to talk to the media with our support. Read Kevin’s story.

Ways to share your story

You can type up your story for us or talk to us over the phone. We can record you talking about your experience for a podcast or ask you questions in front of a video camera. You can just let us know what you are comfortable with.

We can make sure you remain anonymous, if you prefer.

Tell your story

If you would like to share your story with us, please complete the form below.
Alternatively, you can contact us on weekdays between 8:00am and 8:00pm on our National Helpline number: 0800 160 1985.

You can also contact your local VSS office.